Lovely. Dry, kinda earthy but still tart — 2 months ago
Very rich dark fruit oriented, bold like a Cali cab. Got some graciano in it. — 4 months ago
Excellent Rioja, especially slightly chilled. First sips were a bit dry but opened up quickly to full dark fruit flavors. — 23 days ago
Just opened another bottle! Founded in 1932 by Isaac Muga Martínez, now run by children Manuel, Isabel & Isaac Muga Caño. Deep Ruby, aromas of sweet red and black fruits with pepper spice and oak. 4 grape blend from the Haro district (70% Tempranillo, rest Garnacha, Mazuelo & Graciano), 36 months in oak, palate shows elegant flavors of cherry and currant with espresso, vanilla & toasty oak tones. Soft full ripe tannins, lively acidity on a long finish ending with an earthy mineral character. Great vintage! — 2 months ago
Nose has summer red roses, dry leather, full pencil sharpener box, dehydrated strawberry, ripe plum, mashed black cherry and wet potting soil.
Palate has ripe blackberry, ripe black currant, dried tart cherry, currant jam with medium tannins/acidity, youthful!
This bottle, honestly, has at least another 10-15+ years in front of it before these tannins settle. Damn you Rioja, how can you age forever?
Decanted 6H, more time required. Last bottle of a 4-pack acquired in January 2005. ($28.50!)
70% Tempranillo / 20% Grenache / 10% Manzuelo & Graciano. — 3 months ago