The wine faithfully expresses the climatology that prevailed during the vintage, showing itself to be balanced and very juicy.
Its easy-drinking character and “good manners” surprise you, even when you remember that it is only three years’ old and it is from a zone which usually needs more bottle time.
That said, you can make allowance for the occasional rough edges on the palate which are of little importance and will round themselves off very quickly.
The nose is attractive with fresher fruit than we are used to find in this wine.
Very precise balance between red berry fruit and oaky spiciness which have still not fully integrated.
The aromas show marked dimorphism.
On the one hand, the fruit is complex, difficult to pin down, and on the other we have very clearly defined spices: black pepper, cloves, vanilla and a little charcoal.
In the back of the nasal cavity the spiciness dominates, a little drier, but more elegant and much richer in nuances.
The fruit only returns after a few seconds in the aftertaste where we again find the red berries and something which seems similar to peaches and ripe plums.
In appearance it is rather more reddish than purple at the rim suggesting excellent acidity, boding well for the future. - Winery
Concentrated, ripe and pure on the nose, this is toasty smelling and intense, with notes of charcoal, cassis and blackberry. A grabby, extracted but balanced and impressive palate holds flavors of coffee, toasty oak, bitter chocolate and wild berries. The finish tastes savory and fully oaked, but not overdone. Hold a few years, then drink through 2026. - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 96 Points
The Mugas are happy with the 2011 harvest. The 2011 Torre Muga is a dark-colored, almost opaque, ripe and concentrated effort. (It contains the Tempranillo that would normally be part of the Aro, and was not produced because they didn't get the Graciano they needed.) They are selling this very young (but still, it will not be released until around September 2015). It is quite heady with aromas of ripe plums, spices, lead pencil, ink and well-integrated oak. The palate is full-bodied, round and lush with plenty of dense and concentrated tannins that feel very young. If you have in mind the Torre Muga from the beginning, this has a lot less oak and is less extracted; it has much better balance. As usual, it's a blend of Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo and others, from a very cold zone close to the Oja-Tirón rivers, which might explain why this wine is so fresh in such warm vintage. There will be no Torre Muga in 2012 or 2013, and possibly very little 2014. So stock up on this if you want a wine like it, because it will keep and develop well in bottle. 32,000 bottles produced. - Robert Parker 95 Points
Opaque ruby. Powerful aromas of black and blue fruits, vanilla, incense and candied flowers are complicated by smoke and minerals. Broad, fleshy and appealingly sweet, offering intense boysenberry and cherry-vanilla flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Rich yet vibrant Rioja with superb finishing clarity and smooth tannins arriving late to frame the wine's plush, sweet fruit. After fermentation and six months of aging in large French oak vats this wine was moved into small new French oak casks for another 18 months before bottling. - Josh Raynolds - Vinous 93 Points
This plush red delivers mouthfilling flavors of blackberry, plum pudding, cocoa and licorice, with round, gentle tannins and orange peel acidity. A mineral backbone keeps this grounded. A ripe, modern style. Drink now through 2021. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 420 cases made. –TM - Wine Spectator Magazine 89 Points