Muga is one of the great producers of Rioja and Spain. The control almost 1000 acres of vines in La Rioja Alta. They use native red and white varieties to make some of the best wines in Spain. The top wines are built for the long haul, but even their cheap Reserva is still pretty impressive. Definitely a traditional style producer that means the wines will grow on you with time rather.
This is just at the perfect age for drinking. Really starting to lose its youthful fruit and showing the serious side, meaty, earthy, mineral, clean and very plush. Get stuck in from now until you can’t find any more. Game dishes or roast lamb are the go here. This will keep for longer than either of us will be able to hold on, that is the charm of great Rioja.
A large and varied region and Spain’s quality flagship. Sub-regions Alta and Alavesa are the high altitude cooler parts that show elegant and almost Burgundian Tempranillo wines. Baja is the low hot lands sub region where Garnacha (Grenache) becomes more important. Producer is the most important determiner of quality as producers range from traditional savoury wines to modern silky, pure wines. The whites can be neutral and simple through to pretty and silky affairs.
Top quality grape grown all over the Peninsula (with many pseudonyms). It can be used for Rosado or Joven (released after 6 months) all the way up to Gran Reserva (60 months in the winery). It ages very well and top examples are said to compare to Burgundy. Cherry and cola are typical descriptors, it has moderate to low acid, moderate tannin and the naturally high pH allows for a silky mouthfeel that is not seen in other red wines.
Red wines aged for a minimum of 60 months, to include at least 18 months in oak. White and rosé wines aged for 48 months, to include 6 months on wood.