2011 Bodegas Muga, Rosado (Rose) Rioja Spain.
I had my doubts Muga could make a rose as good as last years, but I can happily report the new 2011 Muga Rose is a stunner and a great summer value, last year I had Muga almost every weekend, and I look set to be drinking a lot of this vintage too. Bodega Muga’s Rosado is a blend of 60% Garnacha, 30% Viura and 10% Tempranillo making for a bright and fresh wine that also shows some nice roundness and complexity. This vintage is slightly more subtle with a pretty pale salmon/pink tint and loads of citrus, melon and hints of wild strawberry with tangy sour cherry and nectarine notes. This fun wine will go with everything and is totally refreshing with a touch of mineral, grapefruit and blood orange rind, with out a doubt a case at least should be in your summer plans.
($14 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive
Avail. at www.sfwtc.com ($12.95)