2005 Muga Rioja Gran Reserva Prado Enea
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • WA 95
  • IWC 94
  • W&S 92

Reg: $47.99

$43.99

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Reg: $47.99

$43.99

This product is
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WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2012
The 2005 Prado Enea Gran Reserva spends 36-months in oak, nine months in new oak after which it is racked into American oak that is “semi-new” (i.e. a new barrel that is “broken in” with a wine beforehand). It has an... The 2005 Prado Enea Gran Reserva spends 36-months in oak, nine months in new oak after which it is racked into American oak that is “semi-new” (i.e. a new barrel that is “broken in” with a wine beforehand). It has an unashamedly opulent bouquet of primal, ripe, boysenberry, mulberry, dark chocolate and crushed violets that blossom with aeration. The palate is full-bodied with crisp acidity cutting through the pure blackberry and cassis fruit. It has wonderful focus and intensity, though the finish demonstrates convincing composure. This is an outstanding Gran Reserva whose silky texture will instantly win you over. Drink 2013-2030+. - Neal Martin
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, October 2013
Deep ruby. Heady, mineral-tinged red fruit and rose scents are complemented by star anise, vanilla and woodsmoke. Supple, seamless and concentrated, offering intense raspberry, cherry and rose pastille flavors underscored... Deep ruby. Heady, mineral-tinged red fruit and rose scents are complemented by star anise, vanilla and woodsmoke. Supple, seamless and concentrated, offering intense raspberry, cherry and rose pastille flavors underscored by zesty minerality. Shows uncommon finesse for its power and finishes sweet, focused and extremely long. For the money, this is a crazy value.
W&S 92
Wine & Spirits - Wine & Spirits, December 2013
The Muga family originally came from Villalba, a hill town in Rioja Alta where they still farm small plots of old vines. At these high elevations, the grapes ripen late, producing Prado Enea in favorable harvests. This... The Muga family originally came from Villalba, a hill town in Rioja Alta where they still farm small plots of old vines. At these high elevations, the grapes ripen late, producing Prado Enea in favorable harvests. This 2005 captures the personality of Rioja in its scents of roasted piquillo peppers and fresh woodland blueberries. For now, it feels supercharged with oak, its musky complexity hidden underneath. This is built for long aging, and warrants at least five years in the cellar to allow the oak to fade into the background. There’s a great wine lying in wait.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Vintage 2005

Label

Muga’s Prado Enea Gran Reserva is made from a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano. The grapes used for making this wine, along with those for Torre Muga, are always the last ones to be brought into the winery. This late picking ensures ideal ripening. The grapes are fermented naturally in 10,000-kilo oak vats, without temperature control or added yeasts. The maceration time can vary and may go on for up to twenty days. The wine is aged in 16,000-litre capacity oak vats for twelve months, then a minimum of 36 months in oak casks and another minimum 36 months in the bottle. After cask-aging, the wine is gently fined using fresh egg whites.

Winery

Muga

Bodegas Muga is a family-owned Spanish winery founded in 1932 and based in Haro in the Rioja region. The vineyards are located on the foot of the Montes Obarenses within Rioja Alta and benefit from Mediterranean, Atlantic and Continental climatic influences.

Bodegas Muga owns 620 acres of vineyards but also has control over 370 acres owned by vine growers in the area. The soil is mostly clay and limestone divided into small terroirs, each with its own unique and defined personality. The grape varieties are Tempranillo, Garnacha (Grenache), Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano for the red wines, Viura (Macabeo) and Malvasia for the whites.

Bodegas Muga has four fermentation rooms containing 90 wooden casks with capacities ranging from three thousand to fifteen thousand kilos. This enables them to make different wines depending on the fruit quality and the vineyards they come from. Traditional methods are followed, using oak throughout all the wine-making process (fermentation, aging and storage). Bodegas Muga is one of the very few Spanish wineries that employ three coopers plus a "cubero" (who specializes in the big casks). Fining (clarification) is done using traditional egg whites in oak containers with capacity for 17,500 liters.