Muga Rioja Seleccion Especial 2014  £34.95

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In Muga, they always use the finest materials and are open to new techniques that provide greater quality without losing authenticity. To produce each of their wines, they continue opting for traditional procedures:Through the natural process of fining, they eliminate the suspended particles that appear in the wine.They carry out the decanting by the traditional method of gravity. They are also the only cellar in Spain with a master cooper and three in-house barrel-makers.

Fermentation with indigenous yeast in oak vats. Aged for 28 months in casks made from oak specially selected from our cooperage. Before bottling the wine is fined with fresh egg whites. Once bottled it will undergo a process of rounding off in the bottle for twelve months in our cellars.

Here we have a black-cherry coloured wine with very good depth and a deep robe.  On the nose you can find reminders of black fruit, a touch of highly balsamic liquorice, spicy notes (white pepper), subtle hints of toasted aromas, coffee and slightly mineral nuances.  This combination of aromas makes the wine complex and elegant.  A silky-smooth wine, where the tannin can be found, rich and meaty, revealing youthfulness. Very good acidity which makes this wine long and fresh.Full in body with a very long, open aftertaste.  It can be paired with grilled red meat and grilled rock-dwelling fish.

93 Points

The Muga family is a lot happier about 2014 than your average Riojano, and the 2014 Selección Especial shows why. Through a selection of the vineyards and longer aging in barrel, this is a more-polished wine, very good with food (it's the one winemaker Jorge Muga usually has when he drinks one of his wines with a meal). There is very good acidity here, which is why I think this is so good with food. I really see that vintages produced from the higher-altitude, cooler places in Rioja where the Muga family sources their grapes are different from other parts of Rioja, and this 2014 is one of the finest and most balanced of the recent vintages of Selección Especial.

Luiz Gutierrez

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