Muga Reserva Rioja

Muga Reserva Rioja

  • Tempranillo
  • Spain, 750ml

This very popular Rioja has a bright, ruby-red colour, with medium depth and a garnet tinged rim. On the nose it proves to be a wine which is complex in aroma, in which primary aromas of fruit such as blueberries are enhanced by spicy nuances. On the palate it is long, balanced and elegant, with perfectly integrated acidity and smooth tannins. The finish is very long and fruity. The elevated, Atlantic influence in the Rioja Alta region brings a Bordeaux-like focus to the effortless Spanish ripeness.

  • Winery: Bodegas Muga
  • Varietal: Tempranillo (predominantly), Garnacha, Mazuelo & Graciano
  • Region: Rioja, Spain
  • Vintage: 2019
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Cork
  • Food pairing: Barbecue grilled-meats, smoky dishes; Lasagna, pizza & dishes with tomato-based sauces; Mexican food (tacos, nachos, burritos)

Bodega Muga was founded in Haro in 1932 and is still in family ownership; the company farms 250 hectares in La Rioja Alta and in addition has long-standing contracts with the owners of another 150 hectares. Located in the foothills of the Montes Obarenses, the five principal vineyards (El Estepal, La Loma, Blatracones, La Loma Alta, and Sajazarra) share clay and limestone soils, each with its own unique microclimate, informed by the happy coincidence of continental, Mediterranean and Atlantic influences. The extended Muga family controls all aspects of the production and advocates the complexity afforded by the entire canon of grapes, that is to say Tempranillo, of course for the red, but also Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano in addition to Viura and Malvasia for the whites. Buy this super Rioja right here in our premium online liquor store. We deliver nationwide.

In 1879, the Real de Asúa brothers arrived in Haro to embark on what would become one of the longest-standing histories in the wine world. A trip initially taken for health reasons led to the creation of Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (C.V.N.E.) in the iconic Barrio de la Estación railway station.

This marked the birth of a family winery that has grown over five generations. Today, the winery is still run by the same family, producing quality, artisanal and traditional wines that grace tables in more than 90 countries. An industry leader in Spain and winner of prestigious wine awards including accolades from Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate over the course of its history, CVNE has continued to grow while always remaining true to its objective of creating premium wines and tapping into the potential of the outstanding vineyards in its environs. The group currently has seven wineries in Spain’s principal wine-growing regions: CVNE, Imperial, Viña Real and Viñedos del Contino in Rioja, Roger Goulart in Penedés, Bela in Ribera del Duero, and Virgen del Galir in Valdeorras.

These wineries produce a wide variety of wines (the best from each region), combining tradition and modernity to create reliable and characterful wines, including: Imperial, the flagship of the winery, ranked the world’s number one wine in 2013 by American magazine Wine Spectator (the first wine in Spain to receive the accolade); Monopole, Spain’s oldest white wine; the Corona 1939 white wine, and the Viña Real 1947 red wine (a Robert Parker 100-point wine); Contino, the first single-vineyard wine; and Roger Goulart, a pioneering producer of traditional method sparkling wine in Spain since 1882.

Over its 140-year history, CVNE has not ceased to evolve, grow, and innovate in terms of both wines and production. Despite its growth, the winery has maintained its profound respect for tradition while incorporating innovative processes and a commitment to its environment, with environmentally sustainable viticulture and excellent quality wines.

The iconic Davalillo Castle in the La Rioja region is the latest addition to this winemaking saga. This impressive monument, known beyond Spain’s borders, dates back to the XIII century. Over the centuries, it has fallen into disrepair, and now the CVNE family wants to restore it to its original splendour and bring it back to life.

  • 94/100 Points - James Suckling (2019 vintage)
  • 94/100 Points - Wine Advocate, Luis Gutierrez (2019 vintage)
  • 93/100 Points - Tim Atkin (2019 vintage)
  • 92/100 Points - Guia Penin (2019 vintage)
  • 93/100 Points - Wine Enthusiast (2018 vintage)
  • 93/100 Points - Falstaff (2018 vintage)
  • 91/100 Points - Guia Penin (2018 vintage)

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