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Muga Reserva Selección Especial 2016

Muga Reserva Selección Especial

A combination of past, present and future


/ 0.75 L btl

(£25.53 x12)

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Spec sheet

TypeRed Wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.5%
Production288,000 bottles

The wine

The Selección Especial is perhaps the most easily paired with food of the Muga reds, a wine which combines the past and the future to perfection. On the one hand, it takes from classic wines its ability for evolution, its complexity and its delightful elegance, while on the other hand, its marked fruit-forward character comes to the fore, along with its fresh, spicy touches, more typically found in modern wines.

The grapes come from old vineyards planted on terraces and the must ferments using native yeasts in oak vats. It then undergoes an ageing period of 26 months in barrels made in Muga's own cooperage. Finally, it's clarified with egg white and left to repose in bottle for a minimum of twelve months.

It appears an intense cherry colour and has a spicy, mature nose. On the palate it exhibits fantastic acidity which bodes a great future, as well as some pleasant coffee hints through the retronasal passage; it comes over as corpulent but accessible, almost lactic. Traces of liquorice and tobacco are added to touches of cloves and vanilla adding up to a stunning aromatic display. Its finish is long and delicately bitter. It will continue to develop.

What does this wine taste like?

In appearance it is a bright ruby-red colour, with purplish tones and medium to high density. The nose is predominantly of red berries, spices and balsamic touches. It has a warm, unctuous entry and displays rounded tannins and mineral complexity, concluding with a long, elegant finish.

Picota cherry / Semi-opaque / Dense
Spices / Mature / ripe
Liquorice / Tobacco / Vanilla

Drinking and storing


Food pairing

Red meat
Poultry and white meats
Sausages and ham

Entrecôte with pepper sauce, Meat casseroles, Wild mushrooms

Ratings and awards

201694+ PK94 PN95 SK
201594 PK95 PN96 SK
201493 PK93 PN94 SK
201292+ PK17+ JR93 PN95 SK
201192 PK93 PN95 SK
201093+ PK17.5 JR92 PN96 SK
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonPN: PeñínSK: Suckling

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker and Jancis Robinson

The current vintage of the red that is their first option to have with food is the 2016 Selección Especial, whose grapes are selected from terraced vineyards in the Montes Obarenes and the Sierra Cantabria, from vines averaging 35 years of age. It fermented in oak vats and matured in French oak barrels for 26 months, and it's kept in bottle for at least 18 months before it's sold. This is serious and has freshness and some restraint in the palate; it's much more expressive, floral and aromatic and with more-integrated oak than the wines from five+ years ago. It's a more elegant vintage than the 2015 and every bit as good, or a tad better. Winemaker Isaac Muga considers 2016 a very good harvest. It was bottled in April 2019. This is among the best vintages of Selección Especial. 288,000 bottles produced.

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/10/2020)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2016 - 94+ PARKER

Very dark crimson for rioja. Savoury, complete, layered and satisfying. Fills every hole on the palate and clearly has a great future but is round enough to enjoy now. Impressive.

— Jancis Robinson (27/09/2018) Vintage 2012 - 17+ JANCIS ROBINSON

Customer reviews

41 reviews

Wine making

Vinification materialWood
Ageing period32 months
Type of woodAmerican and french oak
Clarification and filtrationClarified with fresh egg whites

The winery

Bodegas Muga

Bodegas Muga

Bodegas Muga is a family business founded by Isaac Muga and Aurora Caño in 1932 and located in the historic neighborhood of La Estación in Haro. In its nearly 25,000 square meters, the most traditional production methods are brought together with the most avant-garde techniques. The vineyards of Bodegas Muga, nestled in the foothills of the Montes Obarenes, in the heart of Rioja Alta, enjoy a peculiar climate, partly due to its unique geography and orientation and, secondly,...