Muga Rosé Rioja 2009
"So we moved on to the reds with the 2009 Reserva, a vintage where they harvested quite late and they compare to 2005, a powerful year. The blend is 70% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho (they use the masculine form of the name here), 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo from old terraced vineyards in the lowest part of the Oja valley where the river meets the Ebro. The grapes are fermented with their natural yeast in old oak wooden vats for 20 days with daily pumping-over and aged for two years in barrels, the first year in new ones, and the second year in used ones. The young nose is dominated by dark fruit aromas intermixed with notes of orange rind, licorice, Chinese ink and smoked peat. The palate shows some grainy tannins denoting a young but tender wine, with good intensity and acidity, ideal to have with food...Very Rioja...91" WA 12/13 "This captures Rioja in a ripe vintage, presenting a tight, angular wine with dark red fruit flavor. It opens and breathes with scents of currants and saddle leather, robust in its depths, harmonious in its gentle development. Decant this if you open it now, to serve with roast pheasant or game birds. Better to cellar it several years to let the complexity build....91" W&S 12/13
Bodegas Muga is a celebrated winery in the Railway District in the town of Haro in Rioja, Spain. Moved to the present location in 1971 by the children of founder Isaac Muga Martinez, Muga Winery was been producing a variety of wines since its founding in 1932. Bodegas Muga currently is in control of one thousand acres of fertile wine growing land, and is one of the few wineries in the world that owns its own cooperage.
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At first glance it has a strong salmon-pink hue and its aroma is marked by a reminder of apples. On the palate, evidence of the garnacha balanced by viura so as to create a beautiful mosaic of fruit flavors. It is a very serious wine, a rose wine with a bit of punch.
In appearance the wine has salmon pink shades with very bright rose pink iridescence which make it an unusual and extremely attractive wine.Its aroma is enveloping and intense throughout - with a predominance of fresh fruit- citrus , pineapple, kiwi with a strong tendency towards sweet, ripe apple and quince. It concludes its olfactory display with a reminder of its contact with fine lees. In the retronasal phase, the fresh fruit remains in the background, with the ripe fruit and lees coming more to the fore.In the mouth, it is suggestive. On the one hand, the effect of the lees gives it width, the fruit provides sweetness, and, to finish, the fixed acidity livens it up a bit. In the mouth, traces of the lingering carbonic acid give it the typical refreshing character of this kind of wines. The aftertaste is long and honeyed, with an elegant and lingering touch of acidity.
From the respected winery of Muga comes this delicious rosé made from Tempranillo. Just like the red version, this wine possesses nuances of leather and clove spice, but also a delicate strawberry and rhubarb fruit profile. Light in body with great acidity, it is fantastic when paired with chicken, tapas, and good friends.