2017 Bodegas Muga Rioja Rosado

SKU #1371691 92 points Vinous

 Pale orange. A highly aromatic bouquet displays fresh red berry and citrus zest scents, along with suave mineral and floral flourishes. Dry and focused on the palate, offering bitter pomegranate, red currant and blood orange flavors that take a deeper and sweeter turn with air. Finishes with intense mineral cut and excellent clarity, leaving persistent red berry and floral notes behind. Drink 2018-2022. (JR)  (8/2018)

91 points James Suckling

 This is a superb rosé with aromas of white strawberries and watermelon, as well as a hint of pink grapefruit. The palate is packed with bright acidity and zesty, flavorsome pink berries. So good!  (8/2018)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Bright, peppy aromas of tangerine and nectarine are clean and attractive. A healthy palate braced by proper acidity offers flavors of cantaloupe and peach, while this is steady and fresh on the finish. *Top 100 Wines of 2018* (MS)  (12/2018)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A quick preview of the 2017 Rosado showed that it's a consistent, approachable, fresh and fruit-driven rosé. It's pressed directly with very little maceration, resulting in a pale rosé that is faintly floral. One of the characteristics of this rosé is that the aromas and flavors are very clean. 2017 is not an exception; there is good regularity in this bottling. They haven't really worked out the volumes for this 2017 yet, but there will be less bottles than in previous vintages. (LG)  (2/2018)

Wine & Spirits

 Predominantly garnacha (60 percent), with 10 percent tempranillo and 30 percent viura, the local white grape, this rosé is all primary fruit, with tart acidity and tangy Mandarin-orange sweetness. Chill it for sardines on toast.  (12/2018)

Wine Spectator

 This dry rosé is full and firm, with herbal and spicy notes framing cherry and berry flavors. Crisp acidity keeps this focused. More of a food wine than an aperitif. Drink now. (TM)  (9/2018)

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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