Red wine by Bodegas Muga, La Rioja. (80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, Mazuelo y Graciano).
The Prado Enea grapes are always the last to enter the winery. This ensures optimum maturation. The grapes always ferment in oak tanks of 10,000 kilograms capacity without temperature control or addition of yeasts. Maceration is variable but may last up to 20 days.
The aging of this wine is 12 months in oak deposits of 16,000 liters, 36 months in oak barrels (minimum), and 36 months (minimum) in bottle. After aging, a light clarification is carried out with fresh egg whites.
Ruby red color, with a high layer, nothing evolved at the edge. It denotes youthful fullness. The nose is expressive, well defined in the breeding trait and with fruity memories. Base of ripe red fruits (plums, currants) on which is exposed a post-taste of modern cutting that is revealing nuances as it takes air in the cup; First notes of wood (cedar, acacia), then spicy nuances (cinnamon, clove, black pepper) and finally tobacco souvenirs to complete a set that combines a clear modern character without losing its identity.
Balanced in the mouth, with body and nerve, tannins quite worked by aging but still with relief and sensations of noble force, center consistent and full, lively and well combined acidity, integrated woods, tasty, expressive and suggestive in the aromas of Mouth, where are still more evident the memories of well ripe grapes, long persistence, wide end that invites to another new drink.
Faithful expression of a classic Riojan. It is only made in the best vintages, as was 2009, and we do not know when we will enjoy a new version of this wine, so we are facing a unique opportunity to enjoy one of the best wines of a great winery such as Muga .
Since ancient times the Muga family has been linked to viticulture. Already in 1870 Antonio and Baltasar Muga received a prize for the quality of their wines.
But the origin of the current winery dates back to 1932, when winemaking began in a typical winery in the old part of Haro, the capital of the Rioja Alta. Almost half a century later, Isaac Muga Martinez bought a 19th century mansion in the emblematic Barrio de la Estación in that city. Soon after, in 1969, he died and his sons Manuel and Isaac, the ones in charge of taking the family business, to which today their children have been incorporated.
In Bodegas Muga everything revolves around the oak, it has four fermentation rooms with 90 wooden tubs whose capacities vary from 3,000 to 15,000 kilos of capacity. Thanks to these possibilities the grapes can be vinified individually according to their quality and vineyard of origin.
Bodegas Muga is one of the few Spanish wineries that has its own cooperage. Three coopers and a cubero are in charge of working the oak wood.