One of the few joys in life at the moment is opening a good bottle of wine and you can be almost certain that if it has Muga on the label you won’t be disappointed. Been a while and don’t know why, since I opened a Muga and I must say, why did a I wait so long?
Muga is a very traditional Bodega but still incorporates a lot of modern techniques to produce high quality wine, they are based in the old quarter of Haro (capital of the Rioja Alta region) and the winery even has an in house cooperage making their own barrels from various styles of oak which give the wine its own unique character.
Muga Rioja Crianza 2009
Grabbed the bottle stripped the foil inserted the corkscrew and disaster the cork broke, luckily I managed to get the left over cork out without to much trouble.
A blend of mainly Tempranillo with some Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano.
Deep garnet like colour with that unmistakable Rioja aroma of rich fruit, spice, smoke, dark chocolate, leather and for me a little whiff of church incense and dust. Taste wise the fruit still shines almost floral but this is a wine that shows lots of tertiary flavours as well with hints of leather, creamy vanilla, oak, dried spice and herbs. All the better for a bit of age this opened up nicely after some time in the glass, beautifully paired with our meal of Chicken, Chorizo and lentils.
This was a top wine from a top producer.
Various around £15