Join me for a journey down the road less traveled where we will discover great wines from small producers. Each month I'll share with you a new find that has wowed me and hopefully will wow you too.
BODEGAS MUGA (LA RIOJA)Bodegas Muga houses itself in facilities that are two centuries old; young for historical standards but old enough to remind all who work there of the origins and history of the La Rioja region. The winery makes a variety of wines from whites to rosés to cava (Spanish sparkling wine) to their award-winning and world renowned reds. Let me tell you about a couple of my favorites.
The Muga 2007 Reserva is a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha with the last 10% a combination between Mazuelo and Graciano. The wine is aged six months in oak vats, 24 months in small oak barrels and at least 12 months in bottle. The outcome is a powerful wine that is balanced between the fruit flavors and oak.
The Gran Reserva 2004 Prado Enea is 80% Tempranillo with the rest a blend of Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano. The key to the loveliness of this wine is the seven years of aging it undergoes before release to market. The breakdown is: 12 months in oak vats, 36 months in oak casks and then another 36 months in the bottle.