• Bodegas Muga w/ Special Guest on 12/10

    December 10th at 3pm
    Hello Bothell!!!!!

    Do we have a treat for you. This has been a tasting in the making for the last few months. We've been trying to nail down a good time for our special guest and gues what...it is on the 10th! His schedule is so crazy it makes Paula Abdul seem sane!  

    It's getting colder out and as I type this...(Monday at 12:45AM) everyone is waiting for snow so as it is going to get colder...why not taste some serious red wines and maybe a little Cava?

    So here is what our special guest will be pouring for us starting at 3pm....

    2011 Conde de Haro Cava - The first impression in the glass is of practically no oxidation, with bright yellow-green hues.  The foam is dense and persistent, providing an inkling of its structure in the mouth. Looking at the centre of the glass we can see a uniform line of microscopic bubbles rising to the surface.  The nose is dominated by tangy fruit and floral aromas. In the background we find fermentative notes from the  wine´s transformation in the bottle (honey, vanilla, liqueur).  Honeyed yet fresh in the mouth, thanks to its significant acidity.  The combination of fruit, acidity and fine lees results in a surprising sensation of fullness that invites one to continue tasting it.
    The fruity notes return in the aftertaste, with predominant spices that, for several seconds, leave a very pleasant memory.

    2015 Muga Blanco - Greenish, straw yellow colour, bright and clear.On the nose the acid fruits, mainly citrus and green apple, “sweetened” by pastry aromas from the fine lees and spices from the Nevers oak. On the palate, the attack is at the same time mineral and silky, underpinned by stimulating malic acid nuances.  In retro-olfaction some of the citrus aromas are maintained, along with the appearance of pineapple and finishing with soft nuances of heathy scrub land and vanilla.

    2012 Muga Reserva - On the nose, it displays ripe, dark fruit, grape syrup, bitter chocolate and as it opens up, hints of spices such as pepper, vanilla and a little mountain scrub begin coming through. On the palate, it is balanced, with a soft touch of acidity to give it good potential for cellaring. The attack is broad and long, with an evolution in the mouth which spreads silky and mineral sensations before concluding with sweet tannins which still have a bit of “grip” and will benefit from some “time out” for their full integration. In the retro-olfaction the notes of oak and mountain scrub are more clearly defined, repeating the impressions noted in direct olfaction but with a greater preponderance. It is a vintage with “character”.

    2010 Muga Reserva Seleccion Especial - This is one of those vintages which is great to drink from the start without detracting in the least its potential for laying down for the future. These wines amaze you with their great flavour from the first sip, the seemingly precocious integration of the tannins, the freshness of their “Atlantic” features interwoven with the more mature “Mediterranean” character. If we look for the words to describe the wine we can come up with ripe fruit, without reaching the dried fruit stage, mainly small red berries and plums, followed by balsamic notes, especially mint and liquorice, and then, right at the end, hints of spices in the pepper, clove and vanilla range gently coming through. In retro-olfaction spices like tobacco and vanilla make a strong impression. Then, very subtle milky nuances evolve, followed by noble leather. All perfectly integrated in glorious harmony. A very pleasant mouth-feel with the sweetness of fine lees, pastries and soft, noble tannin.

    2009 Prado Enea Gran Reserva -To the eye we have a ruby-red coloured wine with good robe and no evolution around the rim. This shows it is still in the plenitude of youth.
    Expressive and well-defined aromas of the ageing characteristics with reminders of the fruit coming through. Underlying ripe, red fruit (plums, redcurrants) but evolving into a more modern style bouquet in which subtle nuances begin to appear as the wine is allowed to breathe. First to surface are the notes of good quality wood (cedar, fresh acacia bark), followed by lots of spicy nuances (cinnamon, cloves, black pepper) and finally reminders of tobacco leaves and to finish, a set of aromas which introduce a clear modern character without losing its true identity.

    Balanced structure on the palate, with body and backbone, tannins which have been fairly well polished through the ageing process but which still have some edge and sensations of noble force, a full, consistent centre, crisp, well balanced acidity, well integrated oak, full of flavour, expressive and suggestive in the mouth aromas, where the fine reminders of the wonderfully ripe grapes are even more in evidence, full, long, lingering finish which makes you want to drink some more. An exemplary Gran reserva, well developed and still full of life. Expression of the fruit, with clean, well integrated wood.

    2011 Muga Torre - The wine faithfully expresses the climatology that prevailed during the vintage, showing itself to be balanced and very juicy.  Its easy-drinking character and “good manners” surprise you, even when you remember that it is only three years’ old and it is from a zone which usually needs more bottle time.  That said, you can make allowance for the occasional rough edges on the palate which are of little importance and will round themselves off very quickly.

    The nose is attractive with fresher fruit than we are used to find in this wine.
    Very precise balance between red berry fruit and oaky spiciness which have still not fully integrated.  The aromas show marked dimorphism.  On the one hand, the fruit is complex, difficult to pin down, and on the other we have very clearly defined spices: black pepper, cloves, vanilla and a little charcoal.  In the back of the nasal cavity the spiciness dominates, a little drier, but more elegant and much richer in nuances.
    The fruit only returns after a few seconds in the aftertaste where we again find the red berries and something which seems similar to peaches and ripe plums.  In appearance it is rather more reddish than purple at the rim suggesting excellent acidity, boding well for the future.

    As you can see...these wines are more magical than anything. If you've never tasted wines withc such power and grace...this could be a life-changing tasting for you and your palate.
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