This red wine, Rioja Reserva Selección Especial 2011 Muga was a gift from my son and his girlfriend at Christmas. The grapes are 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha and 10% Graciano and Mazuelo. It is gorgeous. The nose is early summer red fruits like unripened blackberries and raspberries, which will make your mouth water when you smell it. There is oak on the nose because it has spent 30 months in oak vats, which results in a slight vanilla on the palate. It does have an aroma of acetone ( nail varnish remover) but don’t let that put you off. The taste is smooth and round and rather than tasting of early summer red fruits the taste is dark black fruit like blackcurrant and blueberry. After a while black cherry comes through then if you leave a 5 minute or so break 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 suede 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 is 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
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