The Muga rose is top-notch again this vintage, but its price and its spotty availability present serious problems
The good news about the Spanish Muga rose, annually one of the best pink wines in the world, is that it’s well made again this vintage. The bad news? Availability will be a problem unless you live on the East Coast and there has been another price increase, bringing the Muga to $14 a bottle. That’s 40 percent more than when I started writing about it around the time of the recession.
The good news first. This vintage of the Muga rose ($14, purchased, 13.5%) is even more crisp this year, and the red fruit (wild strawberries?) is tart and refreshing. This is almost surprising, since the wine is made with garnacha, a grape that lends itself to fruitier wines. In this, it probably needs a little time in the bottle for the fruit to come through, another indication of Muga quality. The opposite – more time in the bottle equals less fruit – is true for almost every other rose.
The bad news, though, may offset the good. That I live in one of the top 10 wine markets in the U.S. and had to wait five months to buy the Muga rose speaks volumes about how troublesome availability has become. This has become a popular pink wine during the height of the rose craze, and much of it never gets past the East Coast to the rest of the country.
And, frankly, I’m not sure it’s worth $14. It’s not any better this year than the Charles & Charles, Boony Doon, or the Bieler. And there are a variety of Spanish and Italian roses that cost as little as $8 that are almost as good. Buy it if you can find it, but don’t be surprised if you’re disappointed.
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