Bodegas Muga Reserva 2017
(Rioja, Spain) - [JS 94] [WA 93] [VM 92] [WE 92]
Regular price $56.00 Sale price $35.99 Save $20.01
About the Winery:
Bodegas Muga is Rioja Alta’s premier producer and the Muga family are unanimously considered to be one of Spain’s most important winemaking families. The winery has practically legendary status due to its philosophy revolving around adherence to tradition, dynamism, and winemaking of the highest quality. Few producers in the world fashion wines that have such a sense of tradition and place as Muga’s. The wines of Muga have an absolutely distinct, unique, and inimitable profile.
The wine has a bright ruby-red colour with medium depth and a garnet rim. Intense and complex on the nose, where you can find primary fruit aromas of raspberry and blackberry, secondary aromas of vanilla and liquorice and a subtle hint of tertiary aromas such as chocolate and ripe fruit.
Very well-balanced on the palate, with good acidity and soft tannins. The finish is long and fruity. Perfect for enjoying now, but also thanks to its great balance and structure, a wine you can lay down for a number of years.ripen in Rioja Alta.
This wine will make an excellent match for meat dishes, such as T-bone steak, and also with charcuterie and all kinds of casseroles.
Grapes: Tempranillo, Garnacha tinta, Mazuelo and Graciano
Soil: Calcareous clay soil from the tertiary era.
Harvested by hand, Fermentation with indigenous yeast in wooden vats. Aged for 22 months in casks made from our selected oak. The wood is sourced in a proportion of 80% French oak and 20% oak from Central Europe and America. Before bottling the wine is fined using fresh egg whites. It is then left to refine in our bottle cellar for a minimum of 9 months before release for sale.
Ratings & Reviews
"Lovely, succulent red with juicy berries and plums, together with some chocolate, spice, walnut and cedar. It’s medium-bodied with round tannins and a flavorful finish. Touch of dried fruit in the center palate. A pretty combination of savory and fresh-fruit character. Some orange peel as well. A baby Prado Enea. Drink now." (10/1/2020)
93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The red 2017 Reserva, which is sold as Crianza in Spain, is their most popular wine, representing half of the total production of the firm. As is the norm here, it fermented in oak vats and matured in barrels, in this case for 24 months, crafted by their own coopers. The wine is fined with egg whites and kept in bottle for a further 12 months before it's released. I had the wine in the glass for a very long time, and it didn't stop improving; it started a little lactic and creamy, and then it got more and more serious. This is the only red they produced this vintage, so all the best grapes that normally go to other wines were used here; those selected grapes helped to keep the volume of this cuvée, and at the same time, it seems to have boosted the quality of this wine, which feels every bit as good as the 2016. It has a serious palate with fine, chalky tannins and very good balance. This is a textbook Muga red and a triumph over the conditions of the year, elegant and balanced, approachable now and with potential to age. In 2017, they produced 936,000 bottles of this wine." - Luis Gutierrez (10/30/2020)
96 Points - Vinous Media:
"Vivid red. Energetic red fruit, floral and spice scents take on a minerally aspect with air. Silky, seamless and penetrating on the palate, offering appealingly sweet raspberry and cherry flavors that show good depth and a surprisingly airy touch. Deftly blends power and finesse and finishes very long and smooth, with subtle tannic grip and repeating red fruit and floral notes. This is the only red wine that the Muga family made in 2017, such was the crop loss, which means that fruit that would normally have gone into their high-end bottlings wound up here." - Josh Raynolds (4/2021)
95 Points - Wine Spectator:
"A nose with vanilla and spiced berry aromas is typical of Muga and provides a nice entry for the saturated but integrated palate of this wine. Saucy plum, tomato, berry and vanilla flavors finish with textural integrity and length. Drink through 2025." - Michael Schachner (9/1/2021)