1998 Muga - Torre Muga 750ml

Spain - Rioja/ Red / Regional Blend
1998 Muga - Torre Muga
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International Wine Cellar | 92+

($45; this is Muga's modern-style Rioja, aged for 22 months in American oak vats, then 16 months in new Allier barriques; as with the other Muga Riojas, this is bottled without filtration) Medium red-ruby. Subdued fruit aromas of plum, currant and raspberry, plus coffee, smoke and spice from the oak. Juicy but backward; extremely young and tightly wound. This has fruit of steel, with strong acids contributing to the wine's sharp flavor definition and powerful impression of spine. Juicy, sappy finish is very long and aromatic. Decant this highly concentrated wine for at least a few hours or cellar it for a decade. (Fine Estates From Spain, Dedham, MA)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 109

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Score: 91
Author: Jito72
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/12/2014
Drink Dates: 2005-2016
In nice and mature drinking stage...what a glance between old and new Rioja School! A lot of blackberry but with the leather scent and oak influence of showing some aging but very fine balance...every in harmony. Excellent right now so drink now and within next 3 years Coe best results

About This Producer


Founded in 1932 by Isaac Muga and his wife Aurora Cano, this winery has enjoyed deserved acclaim for its traditional-style winemaking. The vineyards, situated upon the east and south-facing slopes of the Obarenes Mountains of La Rioja, are the key to the exquisite wines. The multiplier effect of the four grape varieties used - Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano - is readily appreciated upon opening. The wines are wonderful manifestations of the classic grapes of Rioja and range in style from red-fruit elegance to black fruit profundity. The S�leccion Especial follows more of the former and folds in rich doses of toasty oak, vibrant acidity and spice, while the Torre Muga is a giant of blackberry, black plum, dark chocolate and chewy tannins.

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