Bodegas Muga Aro 2010

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Very deep, dark black cherry colour, closed at the heart, almost opaque; purple hues. Young-looking with very little sign of evolution. Sensations of concentration and depth, with lots of barely defined nuances which will develop over the coming years in the bottle. Fruit sensations predominate, with reminders of red-berries and small, very ripe, wild fruit (blackberries, blackcurrants, wild strawberries), floral notes (dry violet petals) and minerals (graphite, iron); spicy hints from the ageing process (evoking the spice rack: nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper) but with very discrete wood (the sensations from ageing in the cask rather than of the cask itself), and underlying ink. Powerful, big. On the palate, a powerful backbone with good body and very fine, firm tannins and splendid acidity. It gives a solid sensation with no cracks and no sharp edges, solid , with great balance giving a fresh sensation. Supple and full of flavour, with wide, complex reminders of fruit, minerals, spices and ink in the mouth aromas (reproducing the sensations on the nose but perhaps even more defined and sharp) and in the long, full, elegant aftertaste. It is still taking its first steps in life, with a lot of vigour and noble strength, but it already shows great elegance and a balance which is seldom found in wines with this profile. A great red with no holds barred, ready to take on anything the world can offer.
Category Red Wine
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Brand Bodegas Muga
  • wa97

Wine AdvocateThe 2010 Aro is a truly unique wine, a limited cuvee (4,000 bottles) of 70% Tempranillo and 30% Graciano from the cooler vineyards used for Torre Muga, Prado Enea and Reserva. The idea is a bit challenging, as growing Graciano in these vineyards is not so easy, but in 2010 it had perfect ripening as it was a long and slow maturation cycle. The grapes were fermented in 2,000-liter oak vats and aged for 16 months in new French oak barrels. It's deep purple-colored, very aromatic, open and expressive with exuberant notes of violets, ripe peach, blueberries and smoke followed by an elegant palate that is shiny and showing complexity already. It's extremely young and powerful, a bit wild but elegant, with balanced acidity. It needs some bottle aging to develop its bouquet and resolve those fine tannins. It should be a long-lasting wine. A superb vintage for Aro, big, powerful and so elegant. Drink 2017-2030+.

Luis Gutierrez, December 2013
  • ws96

Wine SpectatorDark, dense and deep, this powerful red is rich on the palate, with muscular tannins supporting cassis, licorice, espresso and mineral flavors. Harmonious and balanced, with a long finish that turns spicy and floral. Best from 2017 through 2030. 100 cases made.

Thomas Matthews, February 28, 2015