Bodegas Muga Aro 2015
Very intense, black-cherry color almost opaque, dense robe and purple hues. Sensations of fruit to the fore, recalling red fruit and small, very ripe wild berries (blackberries, redcurrants, wild strawberries…), floral (violet petals) and mineral (graphite, iron) notes. Spicy hints of cinnamon and black pepper from the ageing. Potent structure on the palate, full-bodied with firm tannins of great elegance and quality, balanced by splendid acidity. It gives a sense of solidity with no cracks or sharp edges, hearty, with great balance and a sensation of freshness. Full of flavor, supple and broad ranging reminders of fruit, minerals and spices in the mouth aromas. The sensations on the nose are reproduced, but perhaps sharper and better defined. A long, full, elegant aftertaste.
Blend: 70% Tempranillo and 30% Graciano
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
There are only 5,000 bottles of this remarkable wine, alas, which is a worthy successor to the 2010 that was my wine of the year in my 2018 report. Mid-way between Torre Muga and Prado Enea in style, it has elements of tradition and modernity, with haunting perfume, refined oak and remarkable precision and elegance. 2025-40. Alcohol: 14.5
Opaque ruby. Intensely perfumed aromas of black and blue fruit preserves, mocha and incense, along with cola, vanilla and smoky oak nuances that expand in the glass. Sappy, concentrated and seamless in the mouth, offering powerful blackberry, cherry-vanilla, fruitcake and floral pastille flavors that are given spine and lift by a core of juicy acidity. Conveys a suave blend of richness and finesse and finishes extremely long and smooth, with harmonious tannin's adding gentle grip. Drinking window: 2024 - 2034
An oak-dominated nose features aromas of wood grain and vanilla, with a deep well of black plum and blackberry. Concentration and structure are hallmarks of the palate, while this warm-year Rioja tastes of black cherry, spiced black plum, blackberry and chocolate. Baking spice flavors take over on the finish. Best from 2024–2040. Cellar Selection.
Bodegas Muga is a family firm founded in 1932 by Isaac Muga and Aurora Caño. The first wines were made in an underground cellar, until in 1968 they decided to set up their own winery in a beautiful old 19th-century town-house situated in the city of Haro. The Bodegas Muga outstanding feature is that it always uses the finest materials, combining tradition with the latest advances in winemaking so as always to give its wines the very best quality without losing authenticity. Indeed, it is the only wine cellar in Spain which employs its own master cooper and coopers, who make all the vats for the cellar as well as the oak casks. The winery remains true to traditional winemaking methods such as racking the casks by gravity and fining the wine with fresh egg whites. Bodegas Muga has succeeded in combining the purest family tradition with an updated vision of the future which has allowed them to preserve their own personality and character.
Hailed as the star red variety in Spain’s most celebrated wine region, Tempranillo from Rioja, or simply labeled, “Rioja,” produces elegant wines with complex notes of red and black fruit, crushed rock, leather, toast and tobacco, whose best examples are fully capable of decades of improvement in the cellar.
Rioja wines are typically a blend of fruit from its three sub-regions: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental, although specific sub-region (zonas), village (municipios) and vineyard (viñedo singular) wines can now be labeled. Rioja Alta and Alavesa, at the highest elevations, are considered to be the source of the brightest, most elegant fruit, while grapes from the warmer and drier, Rioja Oriental, produce wines with deep color, great body and richness.