70% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, 10% Graciano, 5% Manuelo
A voluptuous and very special Rioja Reserva. This powerful old vine cuvee saw 26 months in barrel. With deep dark fruits and toasty oak it is rich and almost creamy in texture, with a beautiful balancing act of delicacy and density that only comes from lovingly tended old vines – in this case from an elevated site in Rioja Alta. Serious gear and a beautiful wine.
96/100 Tim Atkin MW (2014 Vintage)
"Now in bottle – I reviewed a barrel sample last year – this has fulfilled its early promise. It's very much a modern style, with masses of colour, rich, textured tannins, good grip and structure, savoury, dark plum and blackberry fruit and refreshing, underlying acidity. Drink 2022 – 2030."
94/100 James Suckling, August 2018 (2014 Vintage)
"Fruit-focused red, with strong aromas of ripe blackberries, red plums and gently complex earthy and spicy notes. There’s energetic, ripe dark and red fruit on the palate. Silky and crisp with fine tannins, giving a velvety and chalky texture. Upbeat and succulent finish. Drink or hold."
93+/100 Jeb Dunnuck, March 2018 (2014 Vintage)
"The 2014 Muga Reserva Selección Especial checks in as a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, 10% Graciano, 5% Manuelo. With an inky black colour and loads of black fruits, charcoal, lead pencil, and espresso aromas and flavours, it's medium to full-bodied, has slightly more acidity than the 2012, as well as more tannin. It's a balanced, pure, beautiful expression of Rioja. It’s going to benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for 15-20+ years."
93/100 Vinous, February 2019 (2014 Vintage)
"(aged for 26 months in new and used French oak barrels) Bright violet colour. Vibrant, spice- and mineral-tinged scents of fresh dark fruits and spicecake are complemented by a suave floral overtone. Juicy and pliant in the mouth, offering gently sweet black raspberry, cherry-cola, spicecake and rose pastille flavors that deepen steadily on the back half. In an energetic style, showing excellent clarity and silky tannins that frame an impressively long, focused finish."
93/100 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2018 (2014 Vintage)
"The Muga family is a lot happier about 2014 than your average Riojano, and the 2014 Selección Especial shows why. Through a selection of the vineyards and longer aging in barrel, this is a more-polished wine, very good with food (it's the one winemaker Jorge Muga usually has when he drinks one of his wines with a meal). There is very good acidity here, which is why I think this is so good with food. I really see that vintages produced from the higher-altitude, cooler places in Rioja where the Muga family sources their grapes are different from other parts of Rioja, and this 2014 is one of the finest and most balanced of the recent vintages of Selección Especial. 200,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2017. Drink 2018 – 2026."