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2018 Bodegas Muga Rioja Rosado

SKU #1426652 90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A stony, fresh nose is clean as a whistle, while this feels medium to full, with a faint skin-driven texture and citrusladen acidity. Orange and nectarine flavors are bright and fairly deep, while it remains alert across a snappy finish. (MS) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

James Suckling

Outer quote mark Light cherries, strawberries, and white flower notes, even a touch of peach, emerges from the 2018 Rosado and it's medium-bodied, has beautiful fruit, good purity, and a clean finish. This is a refreshing and easy drinking as rose gets and is well worth a multi-bottle purchase. Inner quote mark (9/2019)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The pale 2018 Rosado is a wine that has great commercial success, and it's a clarete blend that has some 30% white Viura grapes, following the path of previous years. It's a fresh and delicate rosé with faint floral aromas, fresh, focused and clean, with tasty flavors. It's a fresh year, more in line with 2016 than 2017 or 2015. Very pleasant and easy to drink. (LG) Inner quote mark (6/2019)

K&L Notes

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 direct press rosé, as opposed to the saignée method where color is derived from an extended pre-fermentation 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 citrus and apricot notes from the white wine component. This is a crisp, bracing, and unbeatable rosé for anyone who appreciates a dry style.


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