Bodegas Muga BODEGAS MUGA RIOJA GRAN RESERVA PRADO ENEA 2016
# 53 WS Top 100 of 2022
The wine shows an attractive and deep cherry color. The nose is fresh and complex, expressing aromas of berries, blackberries and plums, while also notes of cocoa, vanilla and a subtle roasted aroma, denoting an aging oak of the best quality. It is fresh on the palate and has a very well integrated acidity. Pleasant and fascinating texture in the mouth and with a long and persistent finish. Clean and fresh with great aging potential. This wine paired well with casseroles, meat dishes, fish and cheese, and can even be enjoyed by itself, without any accompaniment.
Really beautiful aromas of crushed blackberry, brambleberry, hazelnut, walnut and light coffee, following through to a full yet so reserved and polished body with fine, creamy-textured tannins. Fresh and exquisite finish. This is a much more refined and harmonic rendition of their classic wine. Three years in French oak from their own production. Very enjoyable now, but this will improve with age for a long time.
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.
Wine & Spirits
"The Muga family got its start as winegrowers in Villalba, in the eastern mountains of Rioja Alta, where they still tend small parcels that provide some of their top selections, including Prado Enea. This wine ferments in large oak vats without added yeasts, then ages in mostly French oak barrels. Once bottled, it rests at least three years at the winery before release. Now seven years old, the wine’s luminous color seems to infuse its flavors, emphasizing mountain freshness rather than any overt acidity. Its red-fruit intensities range from boysenberry to cherry and cherry tomato, all of it layered into a texture that’s supple and complex. A classic with a long life ahead."
"Full-bodied, refined and powerful, with a luxurious texture, this red boasts glossy raspberry reduction, cherry and mineral notes, woven together with floral and spice accents and hints of tobacco and tea. Drink now through 2033."