Bodegas Muga is based in the town of Haro in the Rijoa region of Spain. The winery produces red, white and rose wines using a number of different varietals.
The 2004 Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva Seleccion Especial was a red blend, made with 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha (Grenache), 7% Mazuelo (Carignan), and 3% Graciano. The wine was aged for 28 months in oak casks, and an additional 12 months in the bottle. It carried a label listed ABV of 14%.
Having tried a number of their wines over the years, I was looking forward to this tasting.
The wine delivered within expectations.
Prior to tasting, the wine was decanted for 2 hours.
The aromas from the glass were pleasant and cohesive. I detected red berries and vanilla.
Tasting the wine brought a myriad of flavors, but they were all combined, not fighting amongst each other. Black fruit, plum, vanilla, pencil, cloves, and pepper are but a few of the notes I tasted. Pepper came back for the finish, oh so subtly.
The wine had a very nice finish, which I would characterize as medium long.
The wine went great with an appetizer of Italian meats and cheeses and an entree of chicken Scarpriello with sauteed broccoli rabe and potatoes. It will pair well with any grilled meats, poultry, or fish. It is a hearty wine that should hold up to spicy dishes as well (give it a try and let me know, please!).
The 2004 Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva Seleccion Especial cost me $36. I would call it fair value at that level. You’re not getting a great wine cheap, but you’re not getting a bad bottle either.