2014 Bodegas Muga Blanco Rioja

SKU #1252945 91 points James Suckling

 Clean and clear with green apple, citrus and cream aromas that follow through to a medium body, crisp acidity and a creamy texture. 90% virua and 10% malvasia. Barrel fermented in new fresh oak and a couple months of aging.  (7/2015)

91 points Vinous

 Green-tinged gold. Displays heady aromas of ripe citrus and orchard fruits, along with suggestions of honey, dried fig and toasty lees. Sappy, energetic and sharply focused, offering concentrated tangerine and pear skin flavors that are braced by juicy acidity and a strong jolt of smoky minerality. Combines power and finesse gracefully and finishes very long and stony, with an emphatic echo of dusty minerals and ripe citrus fruits. (JR)  (11/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Muga Blanco Fermentado en Barrica (Barrel Fermented Blanco) is a blend of the white grapes from Rioja, Viura, Malvasía Riojana and some others, which fermented in oak barrels (mostly from Nevers in France and from Hungary) where it matures in contact with the fine lees until February next to the vintage (4-5 months in total). This wine has an extremely low pH, 3.05, responsible for its brightness and its limpid, pale color. The wine was bottled a couple of weeks before my tasting, but does not show any signs of fatigue. This is a fruit-forward white, subtle and elegant, with some minerality, white flowers and fruit. The palate is soft, with integrated acidity and very clean, focused flavors. It's a gentle white with less acidity than 2013 (which was sold out pretty quickly), easy to drink. Approachable, but will last more than what most people think. (LG)  (2/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Crisp and firm, this fresh white delivers green apple, herb and citrus flavors backed by lively acidity, staying focused and clean. (TM)  (12/2015)

K&L Notes

A classic Spanish Rioja made from 90% Viura and 10% Malvasia. This isn't the oxidative-style of white Rioja made famous by Lopez de Heredia, but rather a youthful, briefly barrel fermented and aged, crisp white wine. Flavors of yellow fruit, citrus and stone fruits combine with a solid spine of acidity and minerality to create this always delicious wine. An ideal change of pace from aromatic unoaked whites such as Sauvignon Blanc, or your usual Chardonnay selection, Muga's Blanco has deservedly carved out a loyal following. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish & Portuguese wine buyer)

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