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Date Printed: 10/25/2014
Bodegas Muga Reserva (375ML half-bottle) 2001
Bodegas Muga Reserva (375ML half-bottle) 2001
(search item no. 84181)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 Decanter rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1994 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Readers should be purchasing the 2001 Muga Reserva by the case. It is a stunning, unfiltered Rioja made from 70% Tempranillo, 20% Grenache, and the rest Mazuelo and Graciano. A big, rich bouquet of raspberries, cherries, graphite, and tobacco leaves is accompanied by abundant fruit, an expansive, medium to full-bodied palate, elegant, lush flavors, sweet tannin, and hints of cedar and white chocolate. This beautiful Rioja should drink well for a decade."
-Wine Advocate

Tempranillo 70%, Garnacha 20%, Mazuelo y Graciano 10%

Cherry-red in color with light brick red hues from the ageing. Bright and attractive. The aromas of the wine are distinct and elegant. The aromas of noble wood are perfectly blended with those of ripe fruit.

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About Bodegas Muga:

The Muga wine cellars were founded in 1932 by Isaac Muga Martínez who originated from a family with strong ties to the winemaking industry. On the death of the founder in 1969, his children Manuel, Isabel and Isaac Muga Caño took over the reins.

Two years later in 1971, they moved their headquarters to their present location in the traditional Station District on the outskirts of Haro. Bodegas Muga has continued to grow as the years have passed but it has never lost the spirit or aptitude of a family-run company.

The winery controls every step of the viticultural and vinification process from the vineyards to making their own barrels and fermenting and aging the wine entirely in oak. Muga is one of only six estates in the world that owns its own cooperage and they import the oak directly from the United States and France. Bodegas Muga is one of the oldest, most elegant and traditional Rioja producers.