TN: 2004 Bodegas Muga Rioja Torre Muga (Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja)

  • 2004 Bodegas Muga Rioja Torre Muga - Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja (9/12/2016)
    {six years since last tasted} Still not ready. If you like them primary, like barrel samples type stuff, have at it. Even after 3-hours in wide-bottom decanter, and another 2 hours over dinner, this was (mostly) young. But (there’s always a but…but this one’s good), it is showing, albeit in a very cheeky style, what’s inside/to come. The color doesn’t reveal any age at all. On the nose, cedar, dirt (the clean kind, not the overly poopy kind), mentholated cherry, leather and dust, a smidge of VA, and the lightest veneer of dark chocolate. On the palate, just not much happening besides some pretty feisty tannins; I’ve no doubt, with proper time (10 more years), that the fruit, acid and tannins will be in harmony as opposed to their more competitive postures in the instant case. Huge potential here - grab some on the secondary market, I’ve seen it - even recently - at release prices. HOLD. highly recommended

Served non-blind. As good as traditional meets modern gets, I should think. Lots of sediment. Pushed my drinking window to 2025 though 2035.

** note ** I have poured off 200ml, and will keep it in the fridge for 4-5 days, call it a gut feeling.

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I’ve had the 1996 vintage of this wine several times in the last few years, and it’s drinking very well – no need to wait, but it might develop more complexity.