Bodegas Muga, "Prada Enea" Gran Reserva

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Bodegas Muga, "Prada Enea" Gran Reserva

"It Takes Your Breath Away." JS
"Flawless and Seamless" James Suckling

"It takes your breath away." James Suckling

Muga's "Prada Enea" Gran Reserva is made in only the best vintages. We last featured this wine in 2006. At that time, the current release was 1998!

That was a stunning Tempranillo. And, so is this 2010! In fact, these two releases have striking similarities:

Brick hued in color, there is a healthy terroir driven influence of earth, spice, and mineral as well as dark cherry and wild strawberry. The grapes are picked late to ensure ideal ripening. With subtle notes of tobacco, tea leaf, cinnamon and orange rind, the wine has a tremendous mouthfeel with balanced tannins and equally balanced fruit.

Graceful enough to drink with fish (ie, grilled salmon), this tasty Tempranillo has the structure to marry with your favorite grilled meats or roasted duck.

This "Prado Enea" more than deserves the accolades above.

Delicious now, you can easily set this wine down for another decade. Buy enough to last you. They did not make a 2007 or 2008 vintage and there is no indication yet of the next release.

Try not to drink it all in one sitting - we dare you!

$71.95 per bottle / $863.40 per case

Summary


JAMES SUCKLING

99 / 100

"The wonderfully silky texture with an added juiciness is what makes this wine so very special. The flawless and seamless nature to the wine is so impressive that it takes you breath away. Plenty of beautiful fruit but what mouthfeel. Drink now and forever."

WINE ADVOCATE

97 / 100

"I was really looking forward to the 2010 Prado Enea Gran Reserva, as I've seen a very good improvement in this cuvée in the last few vintages, and 2010 is one of the more-balanced vintages of recent times. This is the most classical among the wines in the portfolio, the one with the longer élevage, a little bit like the wines from yesteryear but with today's knowledge about vineyards and vinification/élevage. This has settled to a blend of approximately 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha and the remaining 10% between Mazuelo and Graciano, from the cooler, higher-altitude vineyards, which means they only bottle it every two or three years. In recent years, 2007 and 2008 were not bottled. It ferments in small oak vats built by their own tonneliers, and they like to delay malolactic until the spring by opening the windows so the cold from outside comes into the winery. For the aging, each variety goes into separate barrels racked from newer to older barrels to complete some 36 months or three years. It has very healthy and balanced parameters, and that's what the wine feels like. It's still young. It's never a dark wine, more of a ruby or bright color, and it has a nose of youth, subtle and elegant. But the quality shows in the unbelievable elegance and harmony on the palate, where the tannins are very fine, the flavors are subtle but deep and the length is just phenomenal. This is only medium-bodied, with perfect ripeness and integrated acidity."


Product Details


Producer: Bodegas Muga S.A.

Country: Spain

Region: Rioja

Sub Region: Others

Varietal: Tempranillo

Vintage: 2010

Size: 750ml

Code: W01360-2