Purplish-red with an even robe and barely translucent. On the nose it is a harvest which can easily be recognized for the significant difference in its fruit characteristics compared to previous vintages. More of the fruit with pips tan of fruit with stones, accompanied by perfectly ripe red berries. This is all underpinned by hints of mainly white flowers (this is not a normal characteristic of Muga crianza/reserva vines), and a very full spectrum of oaky spices without any one of them clearly dominating. The aromas conclude with subtle hints of toasting and leather. In the retro-olfaction the same descriptors can be used but the toasted nuances and leather tones gain in importance.
The attack is surprisingly pleasant if we remember that this wine does not usually become rounded until it is 4-5 years old. We can find soft tannins with no sharp edges. It has a good, very long finish. This is a wine packed with character and with an evolution which recalls the magnificent 2005 vintage.
"Brilliant ruby. Black raspberry and smoky oak scents are lifted by enticing mineral and spicecake notes. Dense, supple and deep, with intense flavors of black raspberry, mocha and vanilla. Very full, velvety wine, finishing with smooth, ripe tannins and a vibrant red berry quality."
International Wine Cellar
"So we moved on to the reds with the 2009 Reserva, a vintage where they harvested quite late and they compare to 2005, a powerful year. The blend is 70% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho (they use the masculine form of the name here), 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo from old terraced vineyards in the lowest part of the Oja valley where the river meets the Ebro. The grapes are fermented with their natural yeast in old oak wooden vats for 20 days with daily pumping-over and aged for two years in barrels, the first year in new ones, and the second year in used ones. The young nose is dominated by dark fruit aromas intermixed with notes of orange rind, licorice, Chinese ink and smoked peat. The palate shows some grainy tannins denoting a young but tender wine, with good intensity and acidity, ideal to have with food. They produce 850,000 bottles of this wine, which is remarkable given its high quality. Very Rioja. Drink 2014-2020. "
The Wine Advocate
"This captures rioja in a ripe vintage, presenting a tight, angular wine with dark red fruit flavor. It opens and breathes with scents of currants and saddle leather, robust in its depths, harmonious in its gentle development. Decant this if you open it now, to serve with roast pheasant or game birds.
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