Bodegas Muga Seleccion Especial Reserva 1996

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain

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Item No. 57389
  • red wine
  • ST92
  • RP90
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1994
  • RP94
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Winemaker's Notes

As is often the case with Riojas, the traditional Tempranillo is used here, though there's a good pinch of Grenache and some local varietals, Mazuelo and Graciano, added for complexity. Accompanied by long ageing in new oak barriques, the result is a lovely sweet ripe wine with a bold, fruity nose. There's an additional deep herbal-earthy complexity and a hint of coconut and spice in the aromas. The palate is well balanced with more sweet herbal/fruit character.

The Seleccion Especial will benefit from a few years of cellaring. When you're ready to enjoy try this bold wines with a bold red-meat based meal: prime rib or roast lamb.

Critical Acclaim

"The 1996 Seleccion Especial has more intensity but not quite the same level of complexity as the 1994, with that minty leitmotif: touches of blackberry and boysenberry intermingling with marmalade. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins. It is nicely rounded in texture but perhaps a little attenuated towards the finish, whereas the '94 fans out across the mouth. Drink now-2017."
90 Points

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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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