Muga Selección Especial 2016, DOCa Rioja, Spain

Grapes: 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 7% Mazuelo and 3% Graciano. Geology and Soil: Terraces of tertiary clay-calcareous soil. Vinification: Fermentation with indigenous yeast in oak vats. Aged for 26 months in casks made from oak specially selected from their own cooperage. Before bottling the wine is fined with fresh egg whites. Once bottled, it will undergo a process of rounding off in the bottle for twelve months in the cellars. Tasting Notes: The 2016 vintage, officially ranked as ‘Very Good’, produced wines showing great balance between freshness and power and revealing expressive aromas, very ripe tannins, depth and length of flavor.This Special Selection Reserva 2016 exhibits a medium-deep, dense garnet/black cherry color. The nose is complex with ripe, red berry and black fruit coming to the fore with hints of black pepper and subtle, creamy, smoky oak, followed by notes of coffee and a touch of mint.The entry on the palate is smooth and elegant and develops with good volume towards an elegant, harmonious mid-palate revealing fresh, ripe red berry fruits and spice. The whole is underpinned by a powerful tannic structure and fresh acidity. This powerful yet elegant Reserva offers great ageing potential.