Bodegas Muga

Selección Especial Rioja Tempranillo

9.127 ratings
9.15 pro ratings
La Rioja, Spain
Tempranillo
Top Notes For
Sipping Fine Wine

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!

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!

May 31st, 2021
Shun Kikuchi

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May 25th, 2020
Tom Casagrande

Strangely, for a winery I have always associated with traditional Spanish-style wines, this is so modern styled I would never have been able to place it as a Spanish wine of any sort. Big, extracted, dusty, chocolatey scents predominate. Some uber-ripe blackberry. In the mouth, it’s highly- extracted, but actually has good acidity. A bit blocky. Meh.

UPDATE: Night 2 there is more delicate red fruit peeking through the chocolate. Upping from 8.6 to 8.7. Clearly needs air, but I’m not sure this will ever crack a 9.0.

Strangely, for a winery I have always associated with traditional Spanish-style wines, this is so modern styled I would never have been able to place it as a Spanish wine of any sort. Big, extracted, dusty, chocolatey scents predominate. Some uber-ripe blackberry. In the mouth, it’s highly- extracted, but actually has good acidity. A bit blocky. Meh.

UPDATE: Night 2 there is more delicate red fruit peeking through the chocolate. Upping from 8.6 to 8.7. Clearly needs air, but I’m not sure this will ever crack a 9.0.

Mar 28th, 2020
Sipping Fine Wine

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!

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!

1 person found it helpfulJan 10th, 2021
Gabe Flores

Excellent rioja entry

Excellent rioja entry

May 29th, 2021
John Pavlovich

Always reliable, always delivers, delicious today.

Always reliable, always delivers, delicious today.

Mar 16th, 2021
Laura Vaughn Arellano

Muga wine is always a favorite. Always smooth and flavorful.

Muga wine is always a favorite. Always smooth and flavorful.

Jan 9th, 2021
Will Howard

Solid, classic, meets expectations and exceeds them still

Solid, classic, meets expectations and exceeds them still

Jan 9th, 2021
Brian Nickerson

Like many previous reviews, this tastes like a very modernized wine. Right up my Cabernet Sav palate with pronounced dark fruit, gripping tannins and noticeable acid. This was very enjoyable and I’m now curious as to how the other bottles will age and evolve.

Like many previous reviews, this tastes like a very modernized wine. Right up my Cabernet Sav palate with pronounced dark fruit, gripping tannins and noticeable acid. This was very enjoyable and I’m now curious as to how the other bottles will age and evolve.

Oct 24th, 2020
Tomas Kaudern

Tegelbrun rand. Doft av kryddor och kräftspad. Inslag av vinäger. Bra frukt med drag åt jordgubbar. Höga tanniner och något oxiderad ton.

Tegelbrun rand. Doft av kryddor och kräftspad. Inslag av vinäger. Bra frukt med drag åt jordgubbar. Höga tanniner och något oxiderad ton.

Jun 21st, 2020