Bodegas Muga Selección Especial Reserva 2016
A stunning wine, once again.
Bodegas Muga Selección Especial Reserva 2016 shows great balance between freshness, elegance and power.
Dense black cherry colour. The bouquet reveals expressive aromas of ripe red berry fruits, pepper spices, roasted coffee beans and woodland herbs. Medium-bodied palate with a fresh acidity and very ripe tannins, developing wonderful depth and length of flavour. Smooth mouthfeel with ripe plum, blackberry, cherry and strawberry fruit flavours. Pepper, leather, tobacco, mocha and earthy spices underpin the rich fruity flavours to create a wonderful harmony.
Ageing potential: Drink now or cellar until 2030!
70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 7% Mazuelo and 3% Graciano. The grapes grow in clay-limestone soils from the Tertiary era. The plots are in terraces on the slopes of Montes Obarenes and Sierra Cantabria.
Manual harvesting of the grapes. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts in oak vats. The wine ages for 26 months in new French oak barrels made in Muga’s cooperage. Prior to bottling, the wine goes through fining with fresh egg white. After bottling, the wine remains in their cellars for 18 months for further ageing.
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AWARDS & ACCOLADES
– 96 POINTS
A very pretty, manicured young red with plum, berry and dark-chocolate character. Medium body and round tannins that are focused and firm. Delicious, succulent finish. Plenty of subtle fruit and supple tannins take you to where you want to go in fine Rioja red. Drinkable now but linear and tight. Give it some time. Better after 2021.
– 94 POINTS
Always a terrific wine, the 2016 Selección Especial is based on 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, and the rest Graciano and Mazuelo. Almost Rhône-like with its spicy, meaty, gamey style, this beauty offers lots of red and black currants, cedary spice, incense, and tobacco aromas and flavors. It’s medium to full-bodied, has terrific balance, silky tannins, and is just a class act. The 2015 is a richer, more opulent wine, while the 2016 shows a touch more freshness and elegance. Both are beautiful vintages worth buying, cellaring, and drinking.
The current vintage of the red that is their first option to have with food is the 2016 Selección Especial, whose grapes are selected from terraced vineyards in the Montes Obarenes and the Sierra Cantabria, from vines averaging 35 years of age. It fermented in oak vats and matured in French oak barrels for 26 months, and it’s kept in bottle for at least 18 months before it’s sold. This is serious and has freshness and some restraint in the palate; it’s much more expressive, floral and aromatic and with more-integrated oak than the wines from five+ years ago. It’s a more elegant vintage than the 2015 and every bit as good, or a tad better. Winemaker Isaac Muga considers 2016 a very good harvest. It was bottled in April 2019. This is among the best vintages of Selección Especial.
WILFRED WONG OF – 94 POINTS
The 2016 Muga Selección Especial is wine in the upper tier of the world’s highest acclaimed red wines, and this vintage merits this level of accolades. This wine shows a powerful presence in its aromas and flavors of concentrated black fruit and substantial weight on the palate. Serve it with a grilled ribeye topped with diced shallots. (Tasted: March 21, 2021, San Francisco, CA)
From a fantastic vintage and reliable producer, this well-composed Reserva carries the power and elegance of black and red fruits, ripe tannins and integrated acidity. It shows remarkable balance and persistence on the finish.