Thursday, December 20, 2012

Holiday Gift Ideas - Last Minute - Muga Spanish Wines

A bottle of wine from your favorite wine shop is a great last minute gift. Muga wines from Spain have great wines at different price points, all are great - and the more expensive ones are worth the extra $$$.

First up: Muga Rioja Seleccion Especial. Made from the Tempranillo grape. Excellent to enjoy by itself, and as with most Spanish wine - a great companion to food. Especially some Spanish Cheese and Spanish Chorizo. This wine is aged 28 months in oak barrels and 12 months in the bottle.  You should be able to find this one for around $40.
Wine Advocate - Rioja, Spain - " A glass-coating opaque purple color, it offers up an alluring perfume of sandalwood, pencil lead, incense, espresso, black cherry, and blackberry. Dense, rich, structured, and savory, on the palate spice notes and terroir aromas make an appearance"

Next up: Muga Gran Reserva Prado Enea. This wine is made from grapes that are left on the vine longer in order to ripen more, and then the wine is aged longer (36 months in oak barrels and 36 months in the bottle) to develop the flavors of the wine. You should be able to find this wine for less than $60.

Wine Advocate - Rioja, Spain - "The 2004 Prado Enea Gran Reserva is not quite as dense as the 2005 but is more expressive on the nose and rounder on the palate. It is a complete effort that should prove to be one of the best Prado Eneas Muga has produced."

And finally - the best of the best - Muga Rioja Torre Muga.  This wine is made in a more international style (bigger, fruitier) and spends 18 months in new French oak (hence the greater cost). You should be able to find this one for less than $90. More expensive, but well worth it.
Wine Advocate - Rioja,Spain- "Purple-colored and made in a more international style, it presents a bouquet of pain grille, mineral, scorched earth, incense, and blackberry. Massive on the palate, the wine has tons of material, great density, and 6-8 years of cellaring potential."

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!!!

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