The 2016 Muga Reserva is ruby-red with glints of brick-red and a medium-high depth of color. Initial notes of red fruit aromas such as blackberries and reminders of spices are all well balanced by smoked aromas from its time in wood. A subtle vanilla pod aroma comes through as well, with roast coffee nuances. The palate begins with a smooth, mellow attack, with firms tannins and hints of menthol. In the finish, the interesting lingering persistence is worthy of note. Pair this wine with veal, Iberian ham and charcuterie, and various stews.
Varietal Composition: 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 10% (Mazuelo/Carignan, Graciano)
Appellation: Rioja DOC
Aging: 24 months in light-medium toasted oak casks, followed by a minimum of 12 months in bottle prior to release
93 Points - Wine Advocate
"The largest volume of the Muga winery is for the red blend 2016 Reserva, a wine that is sold as 2016 Crianza in Spain (for commercial reasons). This has the Muga style and the imprint of the cool and fresh 2016 vintage, one of the best vintages of recent years. 2016 is also a year of harmony and freshness that reminds me a little of the 2010. But the Muga family thinks it's somewhere between 2010 and 2011, because for them 2011 is not so warm, even if it generally produced quite ripe wines. It has a mixture of red and black fruit with sweet spices that are very integrated and in harmony. The palate is silky and clean, and the tannins are round and gentle. A delicious Reserva/Crianza. They produced around one million bottles of this. It was bottled in January 2019. They like to bottle the wine in winter, perhaps in a couple of months." -LG, 6/28/19