The second wine, Reserva Tinto Rioja, Bodega Muga, represents a style oscillating between classic and modern. On one hand, a lot of classic vini cation methods are used, and on the other, there are some that add a more modern touch to this wine. Classic wines are often clari ed with egg white. This is the case of both Tondonia and Muga. Do not be afraid of this method, as it disquali es wine only in the vegan diet. Its advantage is the neutral impact on the wine aroma. Until today it remains one of the least invasive methods, except from decanting wine from above the sediment, applied to get rid of the wine’s turbidity and to soften tannins.
Muga is, however, aged in new barrels, which strongly mark their presence with sweeter tones. Muga is put on the market earlier. Its fruitiness is more vivid and the wine is more concentrated. These are the features that contribute to Muga’s modern character.
The full modern style is represented in the wine list by Enebral from the Toro region – located south-west of Rioja and strongly in uenced by the Atlantic. Enebral is in itself a concentrate of wine. Its alcoholic strength of 14% is well integrated with its fruity and barrel nature. Tannins are clearly felt, but have no dryness.They are round and fruity. Enebral will satisfy the lovers of essential wines with jam aromas.
All three wines go well with red meat, however, the wine from Toro is recommended particularly for lightly roasted beef steak, and the classic Rioja Tondonia for lamb long roasted at a low temperature. It’s time for your decision. I hope now, when you confront Tempranillo – the royal grape variety of Spain – the decision will be easier and will bring you a lot of pleasure.