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Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva 2015
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Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva 2015

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750ml
$31.95

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We find slightly lower colour intensity with a more marked cherry-red component than in other vintages, with perfect transition to the heart of the glass. The biggest influence of the vintage can be found in the aromatic profile. For the first time in many years the sharp notes of ripe fruit are overtaken by a red-berried fruit component, accompanied, at almost the same level, by a wide spectrum of white blossom descriptors. It has a fresh mouth-feel, almost giving the impression of having mentholated nuances, with a presence of acidic fruit liqueur. It can seem quite a strange combination. In the retronasal phase it is totally spicy and leaves new hints of liqueur fruit at a second level, but this time much more complex in character.
Jeb Dunnuck
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One of the flagship cuvées from this estate that's produced in every vintage, the 2015 Reserva is a blend of 70% Tempranillo and the rest Garnacha, Mazuelo, and Graciano that spent 24 months in used French and American oak. Blackberries, currants, cigar wrapper, cedar box, and hints of vanilla all flow to a medium-bodied, concentrated, beautiful Rioja that has ripe tannins, beautiful balance, and a great finish. You couldn't go wrong with a case of this.

September 6, 2019
Wine Advocate
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The 2015 Reserva had just been bottled, and it should be released around January 2019 in the international market and in Spain (as Crianza) in October 2018. This was a very long harvest (similar to 2016). They started at the end of August with the Cava, and they finished at the end of October with very healthy grapes, good yields and very good quality. The wine shows very good ripeness but without any excess. It has incipient complexity, still young and undeveloped but with very good balance between power and elegance, with fine-grained tannins and integrated acidity. This has to be one of the best recent vintages of this popular bottling.

Luis Gutierrez, February 28, 2018
Wine Spectator
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This red offers black cherry and plum flavors, backed by tobacco and cocoa notes. Bright, citrusy acidity keeps this lively, while firm tannins impart focus. A bit angular, but expressive. Drink now through 2027.

Thomas Matthews, July 31, 2019