1996 Bodegas Muga "Torre Muga" Rioja

SKU #991357 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Opaque, with aromas of deep, tight fruit and toasty oak, this is a huge and fairly backward wine. However, the mouthfeel is very full—even viscous—and a rich range of cherry, cassis, toast and leather flavors grace the palate. It packs some intense tannins on the back end, making it a serious wine for the cellar, needing 5 to 8 years to come around. It should last for decades.  (8/2000)

92 points Wine Spectator

 *Highly Recommended* Rich yet lively, this full-throttle red fom Spain is bursting with ripe fruit and toasty oak flavors, yet retains a juicy acidity that keeps it balanced and refreshing to drink. It's concentrated yet graceful, with loads of potential.  (11/2000)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1996 Torre Muga is a fragrant offering with ample savory fruit. It appears to have fully evolved but is still quite structured. (JM)  (6/2010)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 No tasting note given.  (6/2001)

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.
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Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
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Rioja