Rioja, Spain, Viura, White wines

Muga Blanco 2008

Winemaker: Manuel and Isaac Muga
Grape: 90% Viura, 10% Malvasia
Region: Rioja, Spain

See other wines from this producers:
Muga Rose
Muga Reserva
Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva
Muga Torre Muga

Bodegas Muga, owned by the Muga family since 1932, is located at Haro, Rioja Alta. When Isaac Muga Sr. passed away, his two sons took over and are representing the most traditional Rioja production today.

Muga is the only winery left in Spain that uses only oak throughout the process of elaboration. They even make their own cooperage from directly imported American and French oak.

2008 Blanco is composed from 3 different terroirs in Rioja: clay and sandy soils, clay soils and chalk soils. Hand harvested grapes undergo two selections: a triage table and a must tasting, where they eliminate at least 50% of the harvest. The best quality wine is then fermented and kept sur lie for 4 months in new French oak barrels.

Tasting notes:
Beautiful golden color is the first impression you got from 2008 Muga Blanco. Lovely aroma of citrus fruits and lavender are accompanied by a touch of vanilla (given to wine from cask fermentation). Crispy, yet creamy in texture, this wine is very refreshing, offering flavors of ripe orchard fruits and melon. Intensive and persistent, remains fresh and lively all the way to the long finish.

This is one of not too many wines that I keep buying by case. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last long… I usually replace it with their unforgettable Rose for the summer (if I am lucky to catch it). We go through that even faster…

Bodegas Muga’s production of red wines are my long time favorites and you have to taste some in order to see what traditional Rioja top wines are supposed to taste like! I will introduce them to you soon.

Dry – Off dry – Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak
Retail price: under $ 15.00

Ideal food pairing:
fresh salads with seafood, shrimp in mustard sauce, chicken, all kinds of tapas, paella, Chinese food, My happy Tilapia or our Super artichoke dip

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