Tempranillo, Garnacha Tinta, Mazuelo and Graciano
75cl * 14.5% ABV * Rioja, Spain
Muga is one of those few wineries in Rioja that has managed to combine absolute family tradition with a renewed vision of the future. This has allowed them to maintain the unique character and personality of their wines. In addition, it is one of the few wineries in Rioja that uses oak from its own cooperage in all the stages of the production and the ageing processes.
The grapes for this 'Prado Enea' Gran Reserva come from the highest part of the vineyard at an altitude of 550 metres above sea level, and are always the last to enter the winery, having reached optimum ripeness. They are hand selected in the vineyard and then undergo another selection in the winery. After fermentation, the wine spends a minimum of 36 months in French and American oak casks before a further 36 months aging in the bottle, allowing complex and concentrated flavours to develop.
Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2015 has a deep, dense cherry-red colour with aromas of black fruits accompanied by black fruits mingling with spices, gingerbread and liquorice. It is smooth and voluminous on the palate with velvety tannins, very well-integrated acidity, and a long, persistent finish with notes of creamy vanilla and ripe fruit.
This pairs well with casseroles, meat dishes, fish and cheese. This can be happily enjoyed on its own or with food now although has fantastic aging potential.
Drink now - 2036+
"This is, year in, year out, my favorite wine from Muga, and in this powerful and ripe year, these late-harvesting vines ripened thoroughly and delivered a full array of aromas and flavors so that the wine has plenty of depth and complexity. It has a very classical profile, with incipient tertiary notes, perfumed, floral and rich, textured and beautifully balanced. They compare this 2015 with 2009 and 2005 in terms of style but with freshness in the style of 2001 and 2010. It's enjoyable but should also develop for a long time in bottle. One of the finest Prado Enea vintages." 97 Points, Wine Advocate (July 2022)
"Reserved and polished, this is a Prado Enea with great class and focus. It’s so aromatic,with plum, peach, cherry and cedar character. Salted olives, too. Medium-to full-bodied with very fine tannins and a long, fresh finish. Elegance with power here." 97 Points, James Suckling (June 2022)
"The 2015 Prado Enea Gran Reserva comes from a hotter, riper vintage, but it shares similar gamey, exotic aromatics of red and black fruits, sappy herbs, flowers, leather, iron, and background cedary oak. Rich, medium to full-bodied, incredibly pure, and balanced, it has ripe, still present tannins, impeccable balance, and a great finish. This is a classic expression of this cuvée that can be enjoyed any time over the coming two decades or more." 96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck.