2011 Bodegas Muga Rosado Rioja
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Rosado is composed of 60% Grenache, 30% Viura and 10% Tempranillo. It possesses a light salmon color and an excellent texture as well as hints of earth, kirsch and spring flowers. Consume this lovely rose over the next 8-12 months.
Muga makes one of the most distinctively delicious rosados in Rioja, indeed in all of Spain. It is a style referred to locally as "clarete," which is a lighter type of rosé made by combining white wine with some red, as opposed to the saignee method where color is derived from maceration on the skins of the grapes. Unlike 99.9% of other rosé wines, this one also sees a brief period of time in used oak barrels. The wine is a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Viura, and shows very precise, tangy small red berry fruits, as well as some citric and apricot notes from the white wine component. This is a crisp, bracing, and unbeatable rosé for anyone who appreciates a very dry style.