Bodegas Muga Aro 2006

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain

Price: $215.00 $139.00
Save $76.00 (35%)
Item No. 107831
  • WS94
  • RP94
  • ST92
Style: Earthy & Spicy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

In the constant pursuit of excellence, the Muga family decided to make a new wine to exhibit the power of Tempranillo and Graciano as well as showcase their best and oldest vineyards. With the renowned vintage of 2000, they produced Aro. The Aro wine comes from the best old vines (min. 60 yrs. old), which are all located on southeast slopes in the Valley of the Rio Oja in Rioja Alta. There is a high percentage of clay in these vineyards.

Aro is a blend of 70% Tempranillo, and 30% Graciano. Fermentation is done in small capacity oak vats, then to new oak barrels where the fermentation is finished, then the wine is aged for 18 months in new French Troncais barriques. Aro is lightly clarified and bottled unfiltered. In the constant pursuit of excellence, the Muga family decided to make a new wine to exhibit the power of Tempranillo and Graciano as well as showcase their best and oldest vineyards. With the renowned vintage of 2000, they produced Aro. The Aro wine comes from the best old vines (min. 60 yrs. old), which are all located on southeast slopes in the Valley of the Rio Oja in Rioja Alta. There is a high percentage of clay in these vineyards.

Critical Acclaim

"This inky bruiser is closed and brooding now, but a bit of air reveals rich fruit, plenty of toasty, smoky oak and complex mineral, sanguine, licorice and spice notes. Firm and polished, this is a fine example of the alta expresión style. Best after 2011. 81 cases imported."
94 Points

"The 2006 Aro is a glass-coating opaque purple color. The nose offers up mineral, damp earth notes, balsamic, blackberry, and black cherry. Dense, savory, and concentrated on the palate, it will benefit from another 6-8 years of cellaring, although it should be approachable at an earlier age than previous vintages. "
94 Points

"Inky violet. An exotic, intensely aromatic nose displays cherry compote, sassafras, anise and potpourri, with a strong vanilla note. Broad, palate-coating dark fruit flavors gain brightness with air and pick up a lively mineral quality, which adds lift and back-end cut. Showing a lot of sexy oak and still pretty primary; the finish is extremely long, sweet and almost shockingly lithe. This is a baby."
92 Points

Learn About Bodegas Muga Map ItMap It

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...

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Learn About Rioja

(ree-OH-hah) This highly regarded area of Spain makes some of the best Tempranillo-based wines in the world. Once the only DOCa (recently joined by Priorat in 2001), Rioja is divided into 3 sub-regions: Rioja Baja, Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa. There are 4 red varieties and 3 white varieties allowed in the Rioja DOC. Tempranillo definitely takes center stage, followed by Garnacha...

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Learn About Tempranillo

Tempranillo(temp-ruh-NEE-oh) Grape that Reigns in Spain Most often associated with Spain, Tempranillo is the backbone of wines made in the well-known Spanish regions Rioja and Ribera del Duero. On the scale of light to heavy, Tempranillo lands towards the light side. It tends to be higher in acid and lower in alcohol - common for Old World ...

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