2015 Muga Rioja Selección Especial (750ml)

2015 Muga Rioja Selección Especial (750ml)

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The Selección Especial is made up of 70 % Tempranillo, 20 % Garnacha, 7 % Mazuelo and 3% Graciano planted on terraces of tertiary clay-calcareous soil. Its fermentation is with indigenous yeast in oak vats then aged for 26 months in casks made from oak specially selected from their cooperage. It then spends twelve months in cellar to round off before release.

"The very perfumed, expressive and floral 2015 Selección Especial is a lot fresher than the stereotype of the vintage I had before I tasted 2015 widely. It's a year that has turned out fresher than what the weather during the growing season pointed at. It was a dry and warm year, but the wines have very good freshness, which in this case feels exceptional. My first surprise was how aromatic and open the wine is for such a young age, with aromas of lavender and other Mediterranean herbs jumping from the glass. I expected that from the 2016s, but I thought the 2015 was going to be more closed and reticent. The palate is medium to full-bodied with fine-grained tannins, balanced, fresh and very clean. This combines energy and elegance with classical Rioja character. 220,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2017. 94 points" - Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate, June 2019)