Muga Reserva Selección Especial 2016
31.80€ (Inc. VAT bot. 75 cl.) / Spain
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The current vintage of the red that is their first option to have with food is the 2016 Selección Especial, whose grapes are selected from terraced vineyards in the Montes Obarenes and the Sierra Cantabria, from vines averaging 35 years of age. It fermented in oak vats and matured in French oak barrels for 26 months, and it's kept in bottle for at least 18 months before it's sold. This is serious and has freshness and some restraint in the palate; it's much more expressive, floral and aromatic and with more-integrated oak than the wines from five+ years ago. It's a more elegant vintage than the 2015 and every bit as good, or a tad better. Winemaker Isaac Muga considers 2016 a very good harvest. It was bottled in April 2019. This is among the best vintages of Selección Especial. 288,000 bottles produced.
Muga Reserva Selección Especial is a red wine that perfectly integrates the past and the future. It has been made with Tempranillo grapes and a small percentage of Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano.
The grapes come from a vineyard with 35 years in operation and is located on tertiary clay-limestone terraces on the slopes of the Obarenes Mountains and Sierra Cantabria, located in the northwestern corner of La Rioja. These characteristics make it an exceptional soil for the grapes to be exquisite!
The grapes are harvested and selected by hand in the vineyard. In the winery, it is fermented with indigenous yeast in oak tanks.
The wine is aged for 26 months in French oak barrels selected from the best cooperage.
Before bottling, the wine is lightly clarified with fresh egg whites. After bottling, it will undergo a refinement process for at least 18 months in the cellar.
Muga Reserva Selección Especial shows a fruity character and an intriguing blend of very diverse aromas. It exhibits fantastic acidity, as well as pleasant hints of coffee.
A succulent red wine with a silky palate that evolves elegantly in the bottle.
Muga Reserva Selección Especial is probably the most gastronomic of Muga's red wines. It surprisingly integrates the past and the future. It takes from classic wines their capacity for evolution, complexity and elegance.
On the other hand, its modern touches are evident with its exquisite fruity aroma and its fresh and spicy touches, typical of modern wines.
Gastronomically, it pairs very well with red meats, lamb and all kinds of game dishes.
And you, haven't you tried this exquisite wine yet? Try it and tell us what you think!
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