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    Bodegas Muga Aro 2006
    Tempranillo - Rioja, Spain

    Ratings

    • RP94
    • WS94
    Price: $215.00
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    Professional Ratings: 94 Wine Spectator, 94 The Wine Advocate, 92 International Wine Cellar

    Region: Rioja, Spain

    Varietal: Tempranillo

    Other Info: Boutique Wines, Collectible Wines

    Style: Earthy & Spicy

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 107831

    Winemaker's Notes:

    In the constant pursuit of excellence, the Muga family decided to make a new wine to exhibit the power of Tempranillo and Graciano as well as showcase their best and oldest vineyards. With the renowned vintage of 2000, they produced Aro. The Aro wine comes from the best old vines (min. 60 yrs. old), which are all located on southeast slopes in the Valley of the Rio Oja in Rioja Alta. There is a high percentage of clay in these vineyards.

    Aro is a blend of 70% Tempranillo, and 30% Graciano. Fermentation is done in small capacity oak vats, then to new oak barrels where the fermentation is finished, then the wine is aged for 18 months in new French Troncais barriques. Aro is lightly clarified and bottled unfiltered. In the constant pursuit of excellence, the Muga family decided to make a new wine to exhibit the power of Tempranillo and Graciano as well as showcase their best and oldest vineyards. With the renowned vintage of 2000, they produced Aro. The Aro wine comes from the best old vines (min. 60 yrs. old), which are all located on southeast slopes in the Valley of the Rio Oja in Rioja Alta. There is a high percentage of clay in these vineyards.

    Critical Acclaim:

    This inky bruiser is closed and brooding now, but a bit of air reveals rich fruit, plenty of toasty, smoky oak and complex mineral, sanguine, licorice and spice notes. Firm and polished, this is a fine example of the alta expresión style. Best after 2011. 81 cases imported.

    94 Points
    Wine Spectator

    The 2006 Aro is a glass-coating opaque purple color. The nose offers up mineral, damp earth notes, balsamic, blackberry, and black cherry. Dense, savory, and concentrated on the palate, it will benefit from another 6-8 years of cellaring, although it should be approachable at an earlier age than previous vintages.

    94 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Inky violet. An exotic, intensely aromatic nose displays cherry compote, sassafras, anise and potpourri, with a strong vanilla note. Broad, palate-coating dark fruit flavors gain brightness with air and pick up a lively mineral quality, which adds lift and back-end cut. Showing a lot of sexy oak and still pretty primary; the finish is extremely long, sweet and almost shockingly lithe. This is a baby.

    92 Points
    International Wine Cellar
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