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2009 Bodegas Muga "Selección Especial" Reserva Rioja SKU #1144625

Price: $49.99

WS 95 ST 93 RP 92
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K&L Notes

The 2009 Reserva Selección especial is one of the best young Muga wines I have ever tasted. Here is a quick bit of "inside baseball" for you: while Muga makes a terrific Reserva wine that they market as such in North America, that wine is actually labelled as "Crianza" in Spain. It is aged more than long enough to be called a Reserva, but it is the Reserva Selección Especial that is actually bottled as the Reserva in Spain. This special selection is from Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano grown in higher elevation, more calcareous vineyards, which are then harvested later; in the case of 2009, into the second week of November! As a result, the wine is richer, with a more intense purplish color, but also possessing greater fruit purity and multiple layers of flavor than the regular Reserva bottling. Blackberrries, an array of baking spices, violets, chalky minerality...all these come together in wonderful balance to create this wine. It's heady, primary and delicious now, though it will certainly repay many years, and likely up to a few decades, of cellaring. For under $40, I would be hard pressed to name a better value, more sure fire red wine cellar candidate in our inventory than this wine. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)

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  • Krista Johnson
    By: Krista Johnson
    K&L Staff Member
    Incredibly delicious Rioja! This Spanish beauty is super silky on the palate and is full of black cherries, dried herbs, and soft cedar. The finish is earthy with a leathery grip that lingers with a light minerality. A perfect wine to compliment your holiday feast or simply to sip on a cool evening.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    Keith Mabry and I tasted Muga's current releases on a blustery, mid-March morning, where large, wet snow flurries punctuated the sky and we were reminded of the cold, Atlantic climactic influence on the Rioja town of Haro! To me, this was the most impressive and Rioja affirming line-up of wines we had the opportunity to taste all trip. While a few staunch traditionalists may quibble over Muga's decreasing length of elevage and increasing use of newer oak barrels, we remaining traditionalists will likely recognize how complete, how delicious and reflective of Rioja Alta terroir these wines are. Fans of richer wines will find a lot to like with the plush, spicy blackberry and black cherry flavors, while those who prefer subtlety, nuance, acidity and minerality will also be able to enjoy these now - though probably opting to cellar for another decade or more. If you are a Rioja lover or simply looking for a great red wine to cellar, I would buy as much of this as you can afford.


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