2012 Bodegas Muga "Selección Especial" Reserva Rioja

SKU #1347377 95 points James Suckling

 A linear and super-fine wine with black cherry and berry character and hints of flowers. Full body yet very tight and closed. Beautiful texture. Drink now.  (7/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I had the chance to taste two vintages next to each other of the "special selection" red, the younger of which was the 2012 Selección Especial. It's from a dry and warm year where the canopy management and the absence of cover crop resulted in a fresher wine than anticipated. This is always a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo, usually from older, poorer terraces and older vines, fermented in oak vats and aged in new barriques and then racked to neutral, used barrels. There was a small crop but they harvested late (they tend to have their vineyards in cooler zones), and they saw rains at the end of the harvest, so they didn't produce Torre Muga or Prado Enea, and they even produced less of this. It has perfect ripeness, aromas of spices and noble woods. It has a polished, sleek palate with fine tannins and good freshness. This is very good within the context. (LG) 92+  (2/2018)

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Staff Image By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/11/2018 | Send Email
An incredible wine for the price, this is one to show off at dinner parties. The blend is very similar to that in their flagship Prado Enea, but from parcels with lower yields and poorer soils. Still, with expert wine-making, this vintage brims with ripe fruit and pleasing acidity. Damp earth and teak wood bring a savory finish that perfeclty compliments the bright aromas up front. It evokes a forest clearing with red and black berries ripening in the underbrush - a symphony of fruit and soil working in concert to cultivate something harmonious and nourishing.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2018 | Send Email
I really enjoyed this release from Muga. It has great concentration and powerful fruit but is also very refined and precise. Nothing is out of place, the fruit is ripe but not overly so, the oak is exotic and spicy but not overbearing, the tannins notable but fine and polished. It's a beautifully composed wine that shows its class through and through.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2018 | Send Email
Of all the wines they make, I have to name Muga's selección especial reserva (or if you are in Spain, what is labeled simply 'reserva') as the most consistently exciting, over achieving, and underrated. The 2012 is beautiful: brightly fruited, with pitch perfect, juicy fruit lifted by fresh acidity, subtle floral notes and true Rioja Alta calcareous minerality. This wine is delicious right now (a brief decanting is recommended) but it will reward mid-term cellaring as well. For wine of this price, either to stash in your cellar or enjoy with friends over a nice dinner, this bottling from Muga is currently top of my list.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/2/2018 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is full of ripe fruit with just a delicate nuance of oak, I’m really not a fan of the heavily American oaked Rioja but this isn’t like that at all. On the palate it has a certain density, while being lustrous, silky and has a polished feel to it, the flavors are dark fruit but lots of savory character as well. It has a fair amount of tannic structure but the polished nature makes it easier to drink.
Drink from 2018 to 2027

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- 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.


- 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.


Alcohol Content (%): 14.5