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Rioja Seleccion Especial

Muga - Rioja Seleccion Especial - 750ml bottle

Muga
Rioja Seleccion Especial

You are in for a rare treat when you pull the cork on one of Spain’s most lionized wines. Bodegas Muga was established in 1932, and this is one of their top reds, only made in extravagantly good vintages. Family-owned, the magnificent 18th century wooden Bodega holds an impressive collection...
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You are in for a rare treat when you pull the cork on one of Spain’s most lionized wines. Bodegas Muga was established in 1932, and this is one of their top reds, only made in extravagantly good vintages. Family-owned, the magnificent 18th century wooden Bodega holds an impressive collection of 14,000 barrels used for ageing the wines, and a rare in-house cooperage employs three full-time barrel-makers. The house style is staunchly traditional: the grapes are fermented in small new oak casks for this cuvée, then aged in much larger neutral older barrels until mellowed and silky. The Selección Especial 2011 features 65% Tempranillo, a most unusually high proportion of 20% Garnacha, and the rest is Graciano and Mazuelo. From a powerful vintage, this wine displays intense dried dark fruits, liquorice, clove, and vanilla. Whiffs of leather, tobacco, and cigarbox speak to Selección Especial’s bottle-development, which you will note when you have a big first sip. The wine is gorgeously evolved on the palate, with fruit compote, milk chocolate, and toasty, soft and sweet tannins. Decant or just pour into a large glass, close your eyes, and inhale…

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