Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva 2016
The largest volume of the Muga winery is for the red blend 2016 Reserva, a wine that is sold as 2016 Crianza in Spain (for commercial reasons). This has the Muga style and the imprint of the cool and fresh 2016 vintage, one of the best vintages of recent years. 2016 is also a year of harmony and freshness that reminds me a little of the 2010. But the Muga family thinks it's somewhere between 2010 and 2011, because for them 2011 is not so warm, even if it generally produced quite ripe wines. It has a mixture of red and black fruit with sweet spices that are very integrated and in harmony. The palate is silky and clean, and the tannins are round and gentle. A delicious Reserva/Crianza. They produced around one million bottles of this. It was bottled in January 2019. They like to bottle the wine in winter, perhaps in a couple of months.
The 2016 Reserva showed nicely, with a classic, slightly more reserved style carrying lots of dark, almost blue fruits, peppery herbs, cedarwood, and violet-like aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced, and elegant on the palate, it has a notable sense of freshness, ripe, present tannins, and a great finish. This outstanding 2016 is going to evolve for 10-15 years.
A lively, lithe and elegant red, featuring cherry, currant and tangerine flavors that mingle with vanilla and tarragon notes. Light, firm tannins and juicy acidity keep this focused. Good intensity. Drink now through 2024. 80,000 cases made, 13,500 cases imported.