Plant-by-plant fruit selection leads to intensity, concentration and structure. Aro shows gripping tannins and juicy acidity, and overall it reeks of power and precision. At this young stage it seems like it could last forever. In reality, it should be just right in about seven years. Imported by Tempranillo, Inc.
A rich, bacony, black fruit monster with deep, molten flavors and immense body and tannic grab. A bruising wine with boysenberry, blackberry, mint, licorice and chocolate for primary flavors, and then lemony oak as a backdrop. Young, tannic and wild now; best from 2011 through 2015.
Exemplary Gran Reserva Rioja blending modernity with the best traditions of this famed region. Perfumed, lush and complex to start, then vibrant in the mouth, with excellent integration of flavors, acidity and tannins. Tastes of fine tobacco, mulled blackberry, chocolate and dry spices. Proper as the textbook calls for but individual as well. Best from 2014–2018.
Deep and earthy, and packing more than a punch. This is big-time modern Rioja in brash form. The nose is gorgeous, dealing milk chocolate and fresh soil. The palate is a tight blend of tannins, acids and zesty flavors. Big and hedonistic for sure, but you’ll love the plum, pepper and espresso flavors. Still feverishly tannic; hold at least until 2005.
It’s not easy to find mature Rioja from a great winery and a great year. This is all that; it smells of tobacco, earth and dried fruits. The palate is lively and not dying, while the flavors of cherry, raisin and marzipan are spot on. Compact and long on the finish, indicating that it still has another 10–15 years in it.
Among the world’s bruising, full-bodied wines, Torre Muga is a flag bearer. This vintage offers cola, pepper, coffee and sweet blackberry fruit aromas, and the palate is tannic, acidic, grabby and full of life. Flavors of blackberry, dark plum and spice are pure as they come, with espresso on the finish. Let this sit another few years to allow the fierce tannins to…
Opaque, with aromas of deep, tight fruit and toasty oak, this is a huge and fairly backward wine. However, the mouthfeel is very full—even viscous—and a rich range of cherry, cassis, toast and leather flavors grace the palate. It packs some intense tannins on the back end, making it a serious wine for the cellar, needing 5 to 8 years to come around. It should last…
Complex and possessed of great finesse, this handsome Gran Reserva displays a beautiful bouquet, with dried-cherry, fig, caramel and game notes. It is large-scaled, with lots of fruit, oak and tannins. There are many elements here, and they need time to resolve. Patience will be rewarded; hold for 3 to 5 years.