I love a nice nose and this 2007 Muga Rioja has one. Woody and dark fruit, hint of leather – very nice.
Medium bodied, very present tannins, dark fruit, maybe a hint of wood/tobacco but the finish wasn’t amazing and to be frank – something just a little off at the very end. An aftertaste that isn’t all that pleasant. Certainly an enjoyable drink; I will give it a C which on my scale is a suggestion you try it out. I don’t think I’ll be buying more of this but you might like it. It’s not super complex, it is drinkable, even enjoyable – just not a personal favorite. A quick and dirty reminder of the scale I use. D is skip it – C is maybe yes, maybe no, try it you might like it (but I will certainly mention if I will be buying more) – B is buy some, pretty good wine – A is buy all you can afford, a memorable experience.
I think I’ll add a new tidbit at the bottom of some posts. “Recycling My Cash: bottles that I re-stocked on after a positive review”
So – to summarize this one; a nice Rioja, enjoyed it but I won’t be recycling my cash into more of it. The fellas at Cellartracker.com rate it from an 85 to 90, I’d be on the lower scale of that – maybe an 87.
Sidenote: I watched this video a couple days after drinking the wine and it really makes me want to try more Muga wine. He mentions that he doesn’t want to make wine that could taste like it could come from anywhere (like the Rosemount I just reviewed – it was nice but could have been made just about anywhere). And another Great question: does a great wine happen in the vineyard or with the winemaker ?
If you have an opinion of this Rioja Reserva, by all means – please share your thoughts below.