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Monday, October 3, 2011

Delicious Spanish Red Wine - Great Lamb Pairing! Venison too!

Muga 2005 Reserva Rioja - BUY! Find Out Why!
wine and gobletsJim Truswell, local wine aficionado, has been writing about wine for over half a decade, sharing his knowledge of wines in a down-to-earth humorous manner on his blog. Jim has kindly offered this second article, for our enjoyment. Jim is also conducting a Photo walk of Omemee, Sunday,October 9th,which will give our readers an opportunity to meet Jim.

Wine Babblings 

Featured Author: Jim Truswell Wine Columnist
Haven't tried nice Spanish wines like Tempranillo or Rioja? Here's one to cut your teeth on. Muga 2005 Reserva Rioja is an absolutely delicious red wine at a
wonderfully decent price.
On opening and decanting, you will be presented with a beautiful deep dark purple that you could stare into for hours. However, for all the expectation of bursting flavours, you will be a bit surprised by the lack of anything but moderate hints on the nose even after it has opened up. Not that I would ever do such a thing, but if you cheat and sip before its ready, you will … errrr … 'might' be pleasantly surprised at the light tart fruit taste that promise to please.

Muga 2005 Reserva Rioja:Delightful Surprise Flavour Accents Luscious Fruit

Surprisingly, the wine opens up quite quickly (a little over 15 minutes as measured by my impatient foot tapping). But it’s well worth the wait. Oh my, it’s a lovely first sip. Luscious black fruits: black cherry, black raspberry and some plum for the tartness; plus soft earthy notes. Then, just to add confusion and delight, a hint of milk chocolate wraps around the back of the tongue.

Muga 2005 Reserva Rioja: Traditional Craftsmanship

Muga 2005 Reserva Rioja,is crafted the same way year after year, first in wood, then oak barrels giving it a hint of oak without overpowering.
This is a terrifically balanced blend of mainly Tempranillo (70%),with some Garnacha (20%), and the rest Graciano and Mazeula, A nice medium body with lovely soft tannins and a finish that seems to last forever - well, 10-15 seconds, but that’s an eternity in wines.

Muga 2005 Reserva Rioja: Great Wine Cellar Addition

Muga Reserva is year-after-year, a consistent winner among Riojas, always scoring a 90+ among the wine reviewers. The 2005 vintage drinks well now but could even wait another 2 to 10 years if you have the patience of a Saint. Try a bottle, and you will understand why. Actually, make sure you buy at least two.

Available at LCBO

Pairing: Pasta (tomato sauce), red meats (steaks, roasts) wild game (venison), and especially lamb (shanks, leg).

Recommendation: BUY
About the Author:
Jim Truswell- Local wine lover, blogger, photographer, and computer ‘expert’ who is searching perhaps in vain for someone to pay him to drink wine, blog rude comments, take photographs, and play on the computer. Failing this, he would be happy to accept unclaimed winning lottery tickets, and/or return bottles for the deposit.
Will blog for a free meal ... or even leftovers. Will drink wine ... no reason required. Will blog ... for kicks and giggles. Will photograph at the drop of a hat ... especially if women are involved. Will play on the computer ... in his sleep. Pity him ... and give him a nice glass of wine. You can catch more of Jim's Wine Reviews on his blog: Jim's Random Mostly Wine Ramblings & Babblings

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