This bottle of Muga Reserva 2010 travelled all the way around the world from Rioja Alta to a patio off the far west coast of Canada in Ucluelet, BC.
The Muga Reserva is 70% Tempranillo, but with 20% Garnacha, 7% Mazuelo and the remainder Graciano. It’s a medium garnet and has better than average intensity with aromas of boysenberries, raspberries and ripe cherries with vanilla, cedar and mint. After a little unwinding, it sports leather and sweet tobacco.
On the palate it’s dry with some gorgeously silky tannins. They’re a little green until the food shows up, but then become unobtrusive with the addition of hors d’oeuvres. The flavours mimic more of the nose with the addition of strawberry compote, a little black pepper and dried tobacco leaf.
Long and layered, delicious and tangled. Great with food or on its own.