2004 Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva

WOW: It's the wine of the week.
WOW: It’s the wine of the week.
(Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

Muga does it again with this beautiful 2004 Rioja Reserva. Deep ruby in color, it is soft and ripe in the mouth with gorgeous flavors of blackberries and cherries. Give this superb blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha some time in the glass to show you everything it has.

Drink it now, with just about anything -- roasted shoulder of Sonoma lamb, braised pork belly, meaty grilled ribs. And if you can, put some bottles away for a few years to see what happens with a bit more age. You can’t go wrong with this outstanding producer.

--S. Irene Virbila

Region: Rioja, Spain

Price: About $25

Style: Fresh and lively

Food it goes with: Roast lamb, braised pork belly, grilled ribs.

Where you find it: Available at fine wine shops and retailers.