Rioja, Rose wines, Spain

Bodegas Muga – Rose 2009


Owned by the Muga family
Grapes: Garnacha, Viura and Tempranillo
Region: Haro, Rioja Alta, Spain

See other wines from this producer:
Muga Blanco
Muga Reserva
Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva
Muga Torre Muga

There is still a confusion regarding Rose wines on the American market. Many wine consumers believe that pink wine is going to be sweet (yeah, years of White Zinfandel made a huge impact). When talking about Rose, it can’t be further from the truth. In fact, well made Rose wines from all over the world are a real treat for wine lovers. Clean, crisp, refreshing, yet just a tiny bit richer then a typical white wine – or maybe more exciting because of the layers of flavors.
To me personally, Muga Rose from Bodegas Muga in Rioja is the best Rose I had, vintage by vintage. That’s the only Rose I buy by case (and it doesn’t last very long). That’s if I am lucky enough to get it. When this wine comes to the market, it’s usually gone within a week or so.

Mr. Isaac Muga opened his first cellar in 1932. Through his hard work and devotion for a traditional winemaking, he was soon well accepted in the market. After his death in 1969, his sons Manuel and Isaac took over the management and winemaking of the winery.
Today, Bodegas Muga is the only winery left in Spain that uses only oak throughout the process of elaboration. Having their own cooperage and importing American and French oak directly, makes it possible. The family Muga owns estate of 96 acres (40 hectares) and purchases grapes from 50 different small growers. The Bodegas Muga receives consistently high rates internationally for both their white and red wines.
Their most famous labels: Muga Reserva, Muga Reserva Seleccion Especial, Prado Enea Gran Reserva, Torre Muga and Muga Blanco. Muga Rose is released in late spring and makes it to American market usually around July. As I said before, the wine is sought for and doesn’t sit on the shelf for long.
Muga Rose is peculiar wine, made in a style known in Rioja as “clarete”. Wine is blended from white and red grapes, using Garnacha from cooler areas of Rioja. 20% of wine undergoes malolactic fermentation.

Tasting notes:
The wine holds great even a year after its release. The color didn’t get any darker, rich aroma of fresh cherries is there. On the palate Rose gets its freshness and crisp minerality that belongs to young wines or great quality Rieslings.

Elegantly displays the fruit on the palate, but doesn’t overpower. Balanced with great acidity and a long finish. I am excited to realize that Muga Rose, unlike many Rose wines, holds on to its quality even a year after its original release.

Dry – Off dry – Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak
Retail price: under $ 12.00

Ideal food pairing:
Seafood, rotisserie chicken, Spanish canoes (barquito de anchoa), Party tomatoes with marinated feta, My happy tilapia, Seafood Party Salad, Shrimp in Mustard Sauce, Angel hair pasta with spicy seafood, Crispy Tilapia with Mexican risotto, Delicate Cod with Quinoa Pilaf

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