Rioja Reserva Selección Especial 2011 Muga

This red wine was a gift from my son and his girlfriend at Christmas. The grapes are 70% Tempranillo, 20% Grenache and 10% Graciano and Mazuelo. It was gorgeous. The nose was early summer red fruits like unripened blackberries and raspberries, which made my mouth water when I smelt it. There was oak on the nose because it had spent 30 months in oak vats, resulting in a slight vanilla on the palate. It did have an aroma of acetone ( nail varnish remover) but don’t let that put you off. The taste was smooth and round and rather than tasting of early summer red fruits the taste was dark black fruit like blackcurrant and blueberry.  After a while black cherry came through then when left for 5 minutes or so  before tasting again the cycle of black fruit then cherry starts again. It’s fantastic! The length is good too. This wine was perfect with Roast beef, Yorkshire puddings, mashed swede, carrot and sweet potatoes, braised potatoes cooked in the juices of the beef, roasted carrots and parsnips, and blanched cabbage and gravy. The wine stood up to the bitterness of the cabbage, the pepper flavour of the swede and the sweetness of the sweet potato. With all of these flavours, the wine did not lose its beautiful taste. Because of the black fruit taste it would be a great accompaniment to pan fried duck. This wine was on the pricey side at £22.50 for a single bottle but for a special occasion or if you feel like treating yourself then I’m sure that you won’t be disappointed. If you think that it has been laying down since 2011 it is quite good value. It was a fantastic present.

March 21st 2017- This wine has increased in price to £24

April 23rd 2019 – This wine has increased in price to £24.99

Purchased from Waitrose

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