2018 Muga Flor De Muga Blanco
2018 Muga Flor De Muga Blanco The palate reveals a fresh vintage, following the style I saw in the other rosé and the white. It has good acidity that is nicely folded into the fruit, along with very clean and subtle flavors, and it’s serious and austere but dry and not banal. I managed to taste a bottle at the last minute, and the nose showed much better, with faint floral notes, quite elegant. I showed it to my daughter, and she said it smelled of a posh lady! Some 22,000 bottles were produced in 2018.
Fresh and fruity Rioja wines labeled, Joven, (meaning young) see minimal aging before release, but more serious Rioja wines undergo multiple years in oak. Crianza and Reserva styles are aged for one year in oak, and Gran Reserva at least two, but in practice this maturation period is often quite a bit longer—up to about fifteen years.
Tempranillo provides the backbone of Rioja red wines, adding complex notes of red and black fruit, leather, toast and tobacco, while Garnacha supplies body. In smaller percentages, Graciano and Mazuelo (Carignan) often serve as “seasoning” with additional flavors and aromas. These same varieties are responsible for flavorful dry rosés.