Bodegas Muga El Anden De La Estacion Crianza 2019
Jorge Muga has been working since the 2016 vintage to craft a drinkable, gastronomic Crianza from the Muga family's estate vineyards across Rioja Alta. Andén de la Estación, which refers to the landing of the Barrio de la Estación train station in Haro, is a blend of 70% Tempranillo and 30% Garnacha aged for 14 months in own-coopered barrels.
As the Muga family have aggressively increased their land holdings in Rioja over the last three decades, they have accumulated hundreds of hectares of land that produce fruit that is oftentimes sold off in bulk to other producers when the quality doesn't meet the requirements for their wines. However, as these vineyards have matured, they have found quality has increased substantially and produced a fresh, easy drinking, yet high quality Crianza with the Muga signature.
The 2019 El Andén de la Estación is a new red that takes advantage of the Barrio de la Estación, the train station neighborhood of Haro. It's a Crianza with less extraction, looking for the elegance and finesse of the classical Rioja wines. It's a blend of Tempranillo from their younger vines and Garnacha (that they buy) that matured in French and European barrels for 14 months. It's a quaffable red with lots of Garnacha character (it might represent up to 30% of the blend, by far the highest in Garnacha from the portfolio). It's floral, juicy and expressive, very open and approachable. This is delicious and still quite complex.
A medium-bodied red, with hints of leafy tobacco and smoke accenting lively cherry, black raspberry and orange peel flavors. Balanced, with light tannins and spices on the finish. Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano. Drink now. 5,000 cases made, 2,500 cases imported.
The 2019 Muga Andén de la Estación Crianza is a value-priced blend of 70% Tempranillo and 30% Garnacha sourced from terraced vineyards surrounding the Ebro River. It has a juicy, fruit-forward, medium-bodied style as well as ample red and black fruits, notes of peppery herbs and spice, supple tannins, and a good finish. It's a delicious, easygoing red to drink in its youth.