Full-bodied and pushing up against raisiny and baked, but it draws back at the final moment and competently settles into its richness and ripeness. Generous and dark in the mouth, with meaty tannins and flavors of black raspberry, plum and mocha. On the finish, there’s a hint of fresh tomato to go with vanilla and leftover berries. Drink now through 2013.
Earth, cherry, spice and leather aromas are subtle and do not overpower. The palate is kind of snappy and tangy, which may be due to 20% Graciano in the blend. Flavors of tomato, herbs and red berry are firm and perky, while the finish is dry and tight. Drink now through 2014.
Dry spice and brick-dust aromas frame common berry scents. In the mouth, this is surprisingly sharp, with acidity in the lead. Flavors of tart berry are midlevel, and there’s mild sourness and herbal notes in the background. For Muga, this is exceedingly crisp as a whole.