Muga Blanco, Rioja
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Muga Blanco, Rioja - 2022

Item # 50064 750mL

Isaac Muga is one of Rioja's great characters and his wines share his exuberant personality. His white balances spicy oak and floral quince flavors. Medium-bodied and quite flavorful; enjoy this with zesty shrimp or chicken dishes.

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I must say it is very pleasing to see this wonderful white Rioja back. It means Muga are still doing a great job and summer must be just around the corner! Made with 90% Viura (an indigenous Riojan grape) and 10% Malvasia, this wine is first slow-fermented in new French oak and aged three months on the lees. The nose is more powerful with this vintage, showing peach, apple and even a touch of pineapple. The palate is perfectly balanced: plush on one hand but with great balancing bitterness/acidity on the other. The fruit is obvious with a touch of candied lemon zest on the finish. Thanks, Muga, for another great vintage nicely done. Cheers, Stephen W.

- SW

About the Producer

Haro, Rioja Alta, Spain Bodegas Muga was created in 1932 by Isaac Muga Martinez and his wife, Auro Caño, both descendants of local wine growing families. The couple established Muga in the center of Haro, a well-known Rioja producing town situated at the west end of the Rioja Alta region. Isaac intended to position himself in the center of many already well-respected bodegas, like La Rioja...

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