2017 Muga Reserva
Rioja, Spain | $29.99
$26.99 4 OR MORE (4SAVES3 code)
93 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.
Tempranillo, Grenache, and Graciano
Clay-limestone, classic Rioja soils.
Fermentation with indigenous yeasts in oak vats. Aged for 24 months in casks made in our cooperage from selected oak. Prior to bottling the wine is finned with fresh egg white. Once bottled it is left to undergo a rounding process for 12 months in our cellar, as a minimum.
24 months in barrels made from our own oak, selected and then assembled in our cooperage at the winery. Shortly before bottling, the wine was fined with fresh egg whites. Once bottled, the wine matured a further 9 months in our bottle cellars.