Muga Reserva Selección Especial is made using a coupage of Tempranillo (70%), Garnacha (20%), Mazuelo (7%) and Graciano (3%) varieties. The grapes come from farms with mostly clay-limestone soil located in the area of La Rioja Alta, at the foot of the Obarenses Mountains. Because of their geography and orientation they have a peculiar diversity of different climates between Mediterranean, Atlantic and Continental, which make the grapes have a long and complex ripening.
Upon arrival at the winery, the grape goes through a selection process, discarding those clusters that do not reach the necessary quality.
Fermentation takes place in oak deposits with native yeast from the vineyard itself. Muga Selección Especial Reserva carries out an aging of 26 months in oak barrels. A somewhat special barrel, since Muga Wineries is one of the few wineries that today still have a cooperage in their own facilities and continue to build their barrels.
It is a very intense and vivid maroon cherry red wine, with a thin ruby edge and slight violet hues.
Frank and straight in the nose, deep and well defined, nothing closed. Aging is evident (fine woods, such as cedar and other white woods, spices, toasted notes) but it is well combined and does not impose a fine fruit character. Crisp memories of ripe black fruits (ribazo fruits, such as blackthorn and blackberries), balsamic (low mount, jara, fresh pine nuts) and a fine vinous memory. Good intensity Well armed in the mouth, with body and nerve, energetic without rudeness, firm tannins of ripe fruit and lively acidity well combined, the wood is well assimilated already in the mouth passage although it is noted (without excesses) in some aromas of mouth in which highlights the fine and fresh fruit character. Long aftertaste, also dominated by fruit, balsamic notes and discrete aging notes.
Alcoholic graduation: 14% vol.
Service temperature: 18º C.
Pairing: White meat, Roast pork, Game birds, Roast lamb, Roasts, Hair hunting.