2014 Bodegas Muga "Selección Especial" Reserva Rioja

SKU #1408183 94 points James Suckling

 Fruit-focused red, with strong aromas of ripe blackberries, red plums and gently complex earthy and spicy notes. There’s energetic, ripe dark and red fruit on the palate. Silky and crisp with fine tannins, giving a velvety and chalky texture. Upbeat and succulent finish. Drink or hold. (JS)  (8/2018)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 A wine that won't be released on the market until next year, the 2014 Muga Reserva Selección Especial checks in as a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, 10% Graciano, 5% Manuelo. With an inky black color and loads of black fruits, charcoal, lead pencil, and espresso aromas and flavors, it's medium to full-bodied, has slightly more acidity than the 2012, as well as more tannin. It's a balanced, pure, beautiful expression of Rioja. 93+  (3/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Muga family is a lot happier about 2014 than your average Riojano, and the 2014 Selección Especial shows why. Through a selection of the vineyards and longer aging in barrel, this is a more-polished wine, very good with food (it's the one winemaker Jorge Muga usually has when he drinks one of his wines with a meal). There is very good acidity here, which is why I think this is so good with food. I really see that vintages produced from the higher-altitude, cooler places in Rioja where the Muga family sources their grapes are different from other parts of Rioja, and this 2014 is one of the finest and most balanced of the recent vintages of Selección Especial. (LG)  (2/2018)

93 points Vinous

 (aged for 26 months in new and used French oak barrels) Bright violet color. Vibrant, spice- and mineral-tinged scents of fresh dark fruits and spicecake are complemented by a suave floral overtone. Juicy and pliant in the mouth, offering gently sweet black raspberry, cherry-cola, spicecake and rose pastille flavors that deepen steadily on the back half. In an energetic style, showing excellent clarity and silky tannins that frame an impressively long, focused finish. (JR)  (2/2019)


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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/14/2019 | Send Email
This is a modern re-interpretation of a classic Reserva. There is a restrained opulence to this wine. The fruit is ripe, dark and lush… it basically jumps out of the glass. The new oak enhances the full-bodied yet very accessible palate. Underneath are layers of oak spice, subtle coffee, fine leather, and iron-rich mineral tones. This wine does everything you expect a Rioja to do but with more volume and more generosity. This is a wine for now or much later.

By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/11/2019 | Send Email
Truly an astounding expression of the 2014 vintage, it begins with aromas of fresh-baked four berry pie and potpourri. Flavors of marionberry, raspberry and plum meld effortlessly with silky tannin and cocoa nibs. There is an incredible umami about this wine, born of clean earthy tones and healthy salinity. The oak is ever-present, but it lifts the profile; adding volume and texture, it enhances the subtle flavors rather than overpowering them. With such sophisticated poise and balance, this wine is an easy choice for most any occasion. I find myself wishing I had picked up a second bottle already.

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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

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5