Bodegas Muga Aro 2010
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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+.
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.