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2010 Muga Reserva Red Blend 

Rioja, Spain

Retail $24-$30

Spain's iconic varietal, tempranillo, thrives in the Rioja region in the country's north, as well as in Ribera del Duero to the west and Priorat to the southeast. The aromatic, flavorful, early-ripening grape is considered best when aged in oak to develop complexity and concentration. This reserva from Bodegas Muga has a complex yet lively style. A blend of 70 percent tempranillo, 20 percent garnacha, 7 percent mazuelo (carignan) and 2 percent graciano, the wine was fermented with indigenous yeasts in neutral oak vats, then in small French and American oak casks. The wine has aromas of ripened red and black fruit, a leatheriness, pepper and accents of spicy oak. On the palate, taste red currants, plum, blackberry, black cherry, herbs, vanilla and coffee, excellent acidity and firm tannins. Decant 45 minutes before serving. Drink it with tapas, roasted and grilled meats, manchego and firm cheeses. Buy it at: Dorignac's and Martin Wine Cellar. Drink it at: Trenasse, Morton's The Steakhouse, The Court of Two Sisters and Nuvolari's Ristorante.

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