Thursday, October 9, 2014

Weekly Wine Review - Spanish Red - 2006 Muga Aro Rioja

In May 2013 this little beauty traveled in the relative luxury of a suitcase full of dirty clothes back from Spain after we purchased it at the Muga winery (an excellent winery tour that I always recommend, especially since they make their own barrels!). This baby could probably age 10 more years in the wine fridge, but I'm just not that patient. So let's decant for 8-ish hours and enjoy!

Wine: 2006 Muga Aro Rioja
Region: Rioja
Grape Varieties: Tempranillo
Obtained from: Purchased at the Muga Winery
Price: $100
Wino4Life Category: Splurge Wine
Aeration before tasting: Decanted for 8 hours.

Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: A beautiful dark purple.
Aroma: Very aromatic. Lots of fruit - blackberry and black cherry along with licorice and a good amount of vanilla.
Taste: Wow. Delicious and concentrated. Perfectly balanced with a very long, very pleasant finish. 

The Grade: I give this one an A+.  To think this wine would probably only get better if aged longer, but the long decanting seemed to coax out all the wonderfulness. A splurge that is definitely worth it!

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