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Muga Torre Muga 2016


75% Tempranillo, 15% Mazuelo, 10% Graciano. Bodegas Muga is Rioja Alta’s premier producer and the Muga family are unanimously considered to be one of Spain’s most important winemaking families. The winery has practically legendary status due to its philosophy revolving around adherence to tradition, dynamism, and winemaking of the highest quality. Bodegas Muga was officially founded in 1932 by the Muga family, who at that point had spent several decades working as viticulturists in Rioja Alta. At the time, the Mugas were in the negociant business of buying, blending, and aging wine. Soon after the foundation of the cellars, they started production of their own estate-grown wines. The winery is still owned by the Mugas and every single aspect of its operation is controlled and overseen by the family. The winemaking process is carried out with 100% indigenous yeasts. The winery’s barrel room is enormous and Muga employs a crew of six men just for barrel management and rackings. The racking process is completed by gravity in order to maintain the integrity of the wine. The wines are effectively filtered naturally without the use of harmful pumps or filters that would otherwise strip the wine of its character. The grapes, planted between 1926 and 1976, for Torre Muga are selected from the coolest climate growing regions in Rioja Alta. These zones, near the Oja-Tiron rivers, are the last to fully ripen in Rioja Alta. The fermentation is with wild yeasts and then the wine spends 24 months in French oak, 18 of which are in 225L barriques produced at the winery. The other six months are spent in large oak vats. Torre Muga is a wine that characterizes the power that Rioja Alta wine can achieve, balanced with the freshness of the high altitude mesoclimate of the vineyards. Few producers in the world fashion wines that have such a sense of tradition and place as Muga’s. The wines of Muga have an absolutely distinct, unique, and inimitable profile.

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