2016 Bodegas Muga Reserva (750ml)

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain

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I've been close to the Muga family for decades; visit with them at their estate in Rioja each chance I get. I can still recall tasting decades-old bottlings of their Prado Enea on my last visit. This is a family rich with history, deeply committed to the aging process required for stellar wines. They produce their own barrels, too; another commitment to quality unmatched in many cellars I've visited. The Mugas have been in Haro for at least three centuries, the loving care they show for their oldest Gran Reserva Rioja passed down, one generation to the next. Today I have to share the family's 2016 Reserva which is THE very finest Rioja money can buy.


This is really tight and powerful with gorgeous tannins and solid fruit. Full body. Tight and composed. Wet earth, smoked meat and hints of black truffles. Very long and powerful. Wonderful length. Real Rioja. One of the top best-value, high-quality reds in Spain. Drink or hold.

95 points, James Suckling (Jul 2019)

The largest volume of the Muga winery is for the red blend 2016 Reserva, a wine that is sold as 2016 Crianza in Spain (for commercial reasons). This has the Muga style and the imprint of the cool and fresh 2016 vintage, one of the best vintages of recent years. 2016 is also a year of harmony and freshness that reminds me a little of the 2010. But the Muga family thinks it's somewhere between 2010 and 2011, because for them 2011 is not so warm, even if it generally produced quite ripe wines. It has a mixture of red and black fruit with sweet spices that are very integrated and in harmony. The palate is silky and clean, and the tannins are round and gentle. A delicious Reserva/Crianza. They produced around one million bottles of this. It was bottled in January 2019. They like to bottle the wine in winter, perhaps in a couple of months.

93 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 243 - Jun 2019)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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