2011 Bodegas Muga Reserva Rioja
Very ripe fruit with dried berry, incense and cinnamon undertones. Full body, round and soft tannins and lightly woody underneath. 24 months in barrels. 70% French oak and 30% American. A blend of mostly tempranillo with garnacha. Drink now. Classic Rioja style.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Reserva is mostly Tempranillo complemented with some 20% Garnacha, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo. There are no stainless-steel vats at Muga, so everything is fermented in oak vats and this wine is then aged for one year in new French oak barrels and a further year in used ones (three to six years old), fined with egg white and bottled. It is a Rioja that mixes the traditional and modern character with ripe fruit and contains oak aromas that are quite spicy and have some toast and smoke that should integrate with a bit of time in bottle. The palate is medium-bodied, has clean flavors that are balanced with sweet tannins. This is easy to drink, pleasant but not banal, and delivers a lot for its price. An impressive half-million bottles are produced of this wine, which is sold as Crianza in Spain and as Reserva in the rest of the world. Year after year, one of the most reliable and affordable Reservas.