Bodegas Muga

Aro

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2016 Vintage

100pts

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2016 Vintage

98pts

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2016 Vintage

99pts

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Denominacion de Origen

D.O.Ca. Rioja

Location

Barrio de la Estación, Haro, Rioja Alta

Varietal

70% Tempranillo, 30% Graciano

Vineyards

El Estepal, La Loma, Baltracones, La Loma Alta, and Sajazarra

Year(s) Planted

1926-1976

Viticulture

Traditional viticulture of Rioja Alta. Proprietary head trained and trellised vineyards planted in high altitude areas of Rioja Alta. Organic, uncertified. The grapes for Aro are selected from the coolest climate growing regions in Rioja Alta.

Soils

Calcareous clay and alluvial.

Climate

Continental with heavy Atlantic influences that are moderated by the Sierra Cantabria.

Winemaking

The grapes are sorted extensively at the winery and undergo indigenous yeast fermentation in 2,000L open top oak fermenters. The fermentation is spontaneous and without temperature control. The wine is transferred to French oak for malolactic and ageing.

Aging

24 months total in French oak, 16 of which are in new French oak barrels. The rest of the ageing is finished in large oak vats that are produced by hand at the winery.

Comments

Aro is the top wine produced by Bodegas Muga, an astounding wine that combines atypical power with the elegance and liveliness of the wines from Rioja Alta. It is only produced in the best vintages, when the Graciano they need can ripen properly in the high altitude, extreme areas where Bodegas Muga has their vineyards. These cold, high altitude, extreme vineyard are atypical for Rioja - most bodegas would not dare cultivate grapes in such climates. In perfect years Bodegas Muga is rewarded, however, as it allows them to create wines with tremendous power, elegance, freshness, and balance.