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Bodegas Muga Aro 2016

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750ML / 14.7% ABV
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750ML / 14.7% ABV

Winemaker Notes

A very deep, black-cherry color with purplish undertones. The core is so deep it is almost opaque. A very youthful color, hardly developed at all for its age. Great concentration and depth on the nose with a complex array of aromatics that have developed

with the wine’s ageing in bottle, and which will be enhanced even more by longer ageing. Fruit sensations come to the fore, particularly red berry fruit and perfectly ripe forest fruit, such as blackberries, redcurrants and wild strawberries, together with floral notes (violet petals) and minerals (graphite and iron filings). Some spicy touches brought by the ageing process, such as cinnamon and black pepper, also come through. Well integrated oak demonstrates the high quality of the oak selected. Powerfully structured on the palate with good body and firm, high-quality tannins of great elegance combine with wonderful acidity. A sensation of

seamless solidity, without any aggressiveness whatsoever. Robust with great balance leading to a sensation of lovely freshness. Flavorsome and full, with layers of complex fruit flavor, minerality and spices. The aromas revealed on the nose return on

the palate but with more definition and precision. A long, full and elegant finish. 

Blend: 70% Tempranillo, 30% Graciano

Critical Acclaim

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JS 100
James Suckling
I am speechless about this wine. It’s so deep and vertical with a stunning texture of super polished tannins and juicy acidity. Full body. Yet, it’s agile. Blackberries, black olives, chocolate, stone, cement and dried rosemary. Crazy wine. Blend of tempranillo and graciano. Release at the end of 2019. Better in 2024, but so great to taste young.
JD 99
Jeb Dunnuck
In the same ballpark as the Torre Muga, the 2016 Aro (70% Tempranillo and 30% Graciano) is a magical wine that does everything right. Showing a slightly more classical style with less polished oak, it offers a massive bouquet of ripe black and blue fruits, candied violets, and exotic spices. Deep and full-bodied on the palate, it's flawlessly balanced, has the purity and elegance of the vintage front and center, fabulous tannins, and a great, great finish. It's approachable today (and most 2016s seem to have plenty of upfront charm) yet has the balance, concentration, and purity to evolve for 30 years or more.
W&S 95
Wine & Spirits

If you’re looking for epic Rioja, you’ve come to the right place. This is the Muga family’s top selection of tempranillo and graciano, spontaneously fermented in small wooden vats, then aged in new French oak barrels. It gives an immediate impression of power before its tough tannins and cold Spanish aloofness submit to the warmth of the cherry fruit, luscious and lasting for minutes. Muscular up front, deliciously ripe in the end, this wine will hold firm for years as the complexity of its flavors builds.

RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The most unusual and backward of the wines in the Muga portfolio is the Graciano-rich blend 2016 Aro, a blend of Tempranillo with 30% Graciano that is only produced when Graciano ripens properly. The grapes comes from a single vineyard that they now know quite well. 2016 was a good year for the grape, and the wine has notes of violets and dark chocolate, quite hedonistic and showy. The Graciano really lifts the Tempranillo, and the blend comes through as high pitched and vibrant, which is also the general style of the year from what I've seen. The oak is still present on the nose, and the palate shows quite tannic; the wine is going to benefit from a couple of years in bottle. If you like toasty, showy and hedonistic reds you could drink it now, but if you prefer more subtleness, you should wait for it.
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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.

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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.

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