Torre Muga 2006
18 months in new French Allier oak barrels
Dr. Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate (Issue 189, April 2010), 93 points.
Fine Estates From Spain
Remarkably, Bodegas Muga is able to craft ultra-modern and extracted international-style Riojas such as Torre Muga, as well as more traditional Riojas such as their Reserva and Prado Enea. With powerful aromas of red and black cherries, as well as vanilla, cedar and mushroom notes, this wine also shows a bit of the overripe notes of the Torre Muga. On the palate, these overripe accents are skillfully balanced by red, tangy fruits in a fairly lengthy finish. Drink now or over the next five or so years.
The philosophy behind Torre Muga is to make small batches of a modern wine using both a very traditional blend of Rioja varitetals and classic techniques. Only the best grapes from the winery are used, and they undergo an intense selection process on the triage table after harvest. Following fermentation in oak vats, the wine is aged for six months in wooden vats, 18 months in new French Allier oak barrels, and 12 months in bottle. It is fined with egg whites and bottled unfiltered.
About the Winery
Bodegas Muga is is considered the most traditional winery not only in Rioja, but in all of Spain. The third generation of Muga family now operates all aspects of the winery.