Muga 2014 Reserva Seleccion Especial | 93 POINTS

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The 2014 Muga Reserva Selección Especial pours a deep, very dense, black-cherry color. The nose reveals ripe, red berry fruit aromas together with notes of spices (pepper) and forest floor against a backdrop of coffee variations, such as milk coffee toffee and roasted coffee beans mingling with subtle well-integrated oak. It's silky on the palate with tannins showing through, indicating the wine's youth and good aging potential, and providing an elegant and balanced structure. This wine pairs well with red meats, lamb, and charcoal-grilled rockfish.

Varietal Composition: 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 7% Mazuelo (Carignan), 3% Graciano
Appellation: Rioja DOC
Aging: 26 months in French oak barrels (40% new), followed by a minimum of 12 months in bottle prior to release

93 Points - Wine Advocate
"The Muga family is a lot happier about 2014 than your average Riojano, and the 2014 Selección Especial shows why. Through a selection of the vineyards and longer aging in barrel, this is a more-polished wine, very good with food (it's the one winemaker Jorge Muga usually has when he drinks one of his wines with a meal). There is very good acidity here, which is why I think this is so good with food. I really see that vintages produced from the higher-altitude, cooler places in Rioja where the Muga family sources their grapes are different from other parts of Rioja, and this 2014 is one of the finest and most balanced of the recent vintages of Selección Especial. 200,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2017." -LG, 2/28/18

93 Points - Vinous
"(aged for 26 months in new and used French oak barrels) Bright violet color. Vibrant, spice- and mineral-tinged scents of fresh dark fruits and spicecake are complemented by a suave floral overtone. Juicy and pliant in the mouth, offering gently sweet black raspberry, cherry-cola, spicecake and rose pastille flavors that deepen steadily on the back half. In an energetic style, showing excellent clarity and silky tannins that frame an impressively long, focused finish." -JR, Feb/2019

90 Points - Wine Spectator
"A dense texture carries ripe flavors of blackberry, currant, licorice and toast in this modern-style red. Bright acidity and firm, slightly grippy tannins keep this focused. A bit angular now, but should smooth out with time. Best from 2020 through 2030. 14,000 cases made, 2,500 cases imported." -TM, 6/15/19


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