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A Spanish Red for the Chinese New Year

Bodegas Muga Rioja Torre Muga 1998
Bruce Sanderson
Posted: March 23, 2010

A friend organized a BYO dinner at a local Chinese restaurant to celebrate the Year of the Tiger. We were about a dozen people, with a wide assortment of wines, including many Champagnes and Rieslings.

Someone brought a Bodegas Muga Rioja Torre Muga 1998, a Tempranillo-based red made in a modern style from one of Rioja’s traditional estates. With more than 10 years of age, it still had power and intensity, but its aromas and flavors had evolved to a complex mix of dried cherry, tobacco and spice. I rated it 92 points, non-blind.

Better yet, it was an ideal match for the tea-smoked duck, just one of the many dishes we enjoyed that evening. members: Read the original blind-tasting review for Bodegas Muga Rioja Torre Muga 1998 (90, $55).

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