Bodegas Muga "Torre Muga" Rioja 2016 (Rioja, Spain) - [JD 99] [JS 98] [WA 96] [VM 96] [WS 95]

Bodegas Muga "Torre Muga" Rioja 2016
(Rioja, Spain) - [JD 99] [JS 98] [WA 96] [VM 96] [WS 95]

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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.

Traditional viticulture of Rioja Alta. Proprietary head trained and trellised vineyards planted in high altitude areas of Rioja Alta. Organic, uncertified. The grapes for Torre Muga are selected from the coolest climate growing regions in Rioja Alta. These zones, near the Oja-Tiron rivers, are the last to fully ripen in Rioja Alta.

The wine spends 24 months in French oak, 18 of which are in 225L barriques produced at the winery. The other six months are spent in large oak vats produced at the winery.

Technical Information

Denominacion de Origen: D.O.Ca. Rioja
Location: Barrio de la Estación, Haro, Rioja Alta
Varietal: 75% Tempranillo, 15% Mazuelo, 10% Graciano
Vineyards: El Estepal, La Loma, Baltracones, La Loma Alta, and Sajazarra
Year(s) Planted: 1926-1976
Soils Calcareous clay and alluvial

Ratings & Reviews

99 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"Even better than the magical 2015, the 2016 Torre Muga offers a thrilling bouquet of cassis and assorted pure dark fruits, lead pencil, graphite, white flowers, and spice-laced aromas and flavors. While this cuvée is always thought of as the most modern in the lineup, it's far from it and has integrated oak, flawless balance, sweet tannins, and a gorgeous finish. It's beautifully done and just a thrilling bottle of Rioja that's going to evolve for 20-30 years or more." (10/21/2020)

98 Points - James Suckling:

"The purity of fruit to this is very, very intriguing with blackberries, graphite, and charcoal. Full-bodied. It radiates intense fruit with perfectly polished tannins. Subtle asphalt and blue fruit. Very long and beautiful. Racy. Tempranillo with graciano and mazuelo. Needs two to four years of bottle age. Try after 2021." (7/3/2019)

96 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"I tasted a super young 2016 Torre Muga that had only been in bottle for some four months. But even so, the year seems to be approachable and open. Even if the wine has concentration and power, it has great balance and freshness. And it's drinkable now, even if it's going to get polished with some more time in bottle, where it should have a long life. This was the most modern of the wines in the portfolio, but I think the modern and traditional styles have been converging over the years, and nowadays there is not a huge difference between them. And for its age, it feels quite round, and it doesn't have edges or any harsh tannins; the oak is present but it's neatly integrated in the wine. It has to be one of the finest vintages for Torre Muga. 36,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in early 2019." - Luis Gutierrez (6/28/2019)

96 Points - Vinous Media:
"Brilliant purple. Intense, spice-tinged cherry, boysenberry and vanilla scents display outstanding clarity and pick up smoky mineral and floral accents with air..." - Josh Raynolds (4/2021)

95 Points - Wine Spectator:
"This bold red is assertive, yet holds power in reserve. A thick texture, supported by muscular tannins, supports ripe flavors of currant, fig, cocoa, loamy earth and tar...." - TM (10/15/2020)