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label Bodegas Muga (Spain) Rioja "Torre Muga" Reserva 1994
This adds to my experience of truly great Riojas. Possibly criminally young to drink it, but who could resist the sheer opulence of this wine? The colour is deep ruby, with an iron-oxide warmth at its core. The nose is just sensational, layered with seasoned oak aromas of coffee, toast and cedar, yet not at all one-dimensional with a weight of sweet, ripe cherry and summer berry fruits and exquisite nuances of smoke, tobacco and aniseed. The palate is only medium-bodied, but there is such a startling richness of fruit that floods over the palate that the impression is of a thicker wine. Fine, ripe tannins bolster the fruit and classy, charry oak flavours really do integrate well leading to a long, long sweet and pure finish. Sensational stuff. My friends who brought this to dinner took great delight in revealing its Parker 94 points given my recent "point chasing" diatribe, and yes indeed this is a very Parker-friendly wine, but stunning by any standards (06/00)