To the eye the wine is bright and luminous. It displaysan intense cherry red colour with deep and attractive scarlet shades on the rim of the glass.
On the nose there is an aromatic depth of fine and mature fruity notes which intermingle with those that come from the noble oak barrels. You can sense the subtle vanilla and lightly spicy aromas that will open and develop into more complex notes for years to come.
Wine Advocate 93+ points - Lively, tart acidity gives this bright red a lip-smacking character, driving the berry, licorice and citrus flavors through the racy palate. Drink now through 2020.—T.M.
BODEGA MUGA 2010 MUGA RESERVA SELECCION ESPECIAL RIOJA
"The 2010 Reserva Selección Especial is always the most food-oriented of their reds, a blend similar to the one found in the Reserva, 65% Tempranillo with some 20% Garnacha, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo, but here the grapes are sourced from older vineyards in higher-altitude terraces where there are poorer soils and the grapes have an extra degree of freshness. The wine is also aged for longer in barrel and it's slightly marked by toast aromas, but the bright fruit underneath is quite pure, and comes through very recognizable as Rioja. A second bottle showed fresher (the cork on the first one was a bit dry), even brighter and more transparent fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins that would benefit from some more time in bottle and have a long life ahead. There is very good acidity and fine balance. It's a wine that is perfect for the table. A great Selección Especial." Luis Gutierrez Wine Advocate 93+ points Drink 2016-25