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Date Printed: 11/26/2014
Bodegas Muga Reserva 2008
Bodegas Muga Reserva 2008
(search item no. 118864)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
Decanter rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits 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
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1994 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is clean and bright, predominantly red with violet hues reflecting its excellent acidity. The first impression on the palate is of slight sharpness giving it freshness, the first sign of a wine which will give us a lot of sensations during its long life. As the wine moves through your mouth hints of dried fruits and spices appear and these are complemented in the aftertaste by balsamic nuances. We are faced with one of those rare exceptions in which the ripe fruit is better expressed in the retronasal phase than directly on the nose. We can find prunes, red berries, a bit of stewed apple and mulled wine. In the gradual fading of the sensations in both the retronasal phase and the aftertaste there remains a faint reminder of the fine spices from the oak.

Blend: 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 7% Mazuelo, 3% Graciano

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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.