Bodegas Muga - Prado Enea - Gran Reserva - Rioja DOCa

96 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
Bodegas Muga - Prado Enea - Gran Reserva - Rioja DOCa - 2011 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Bodegas Muga - Prado Enea - Gran Reserva - Rioja DOCa

96 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
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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.
The most classical of the wines from Muga, the 2011 Prado Enea Gran Reserva comes from a warm year that here was cooler than 2012, when they did not produce it. There won't be a 2013 either. So, after this 2011, the following vintage will be 2014 but with fewer bottles and then 2015 and 2016. The wine has a developed nose with some tertiary notes, combined with some notes of ripe black fruit and sweet spices. It feels like an open, expressive and hedonistic year for Prado Enea. The palate reveals polished tannins and some balsamic and developed flavours, truffle, forest floor and hints of cigar ash and incense.
The 2006 Prado Enea is a phenomenal bottle of traditional Rioja at its best. The grapes are sourced from higher-altitude terraced plots where the climate is cooler and drier, and the soils are rich in clay. This is a wine that is not automatically produced every year. The wine spends its elevate in oak containers of different size, origin, and age for no less than three years. The nose is intoxicating with a superb mixture of tertiary and more primary aromas like old furniture, cloves, cracked pepper, incense and cigar ash plus cherries in liqueur. The palate is medium-bodied, with great freshness, acidity, and balance, with a silky texture, ultra-fine tannins and great persistence and length.
Type:
Red
Country:
Spain
Region:
La Rioja
Appellation:
Rioja
Producer:
Muga
Grapes/Blend:
Rioja Red Blend

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La Rioja

La Rioja

La Rioja is arguably Spain's most prestigious wine region, internationally renowned for its high-quality wines, particularly its refined reds. Located in northern Spain, the region benefits from a diverse climate that ranges from the cooler, wetter Atlantic influences...
La Rioja is arguably Spain's most prestigious wine region, internationally renowned for its high-quality wines, particularly its refined reds. Located in northern Spain, the region benefits from a diverse climate that ranges from the cooler, wetter Atlantic influences in the west to the warmer, drier Mediterranean influences in the east, with the Ebro River playing a crucial role in moderating the climate. The Cantabrian Mountains also provide a barrier against harsh weather conditions from the north.

The region is best known for its robust, oak-aged red wines primarily made from the Tempranillo grape, which is the backbone of La Rioja's wine production. Other grapes such as Garnacha (Grenache), Graciano, and Mazuelo (Carignan) also play supporting roles in the blends. Rioja wines are classified into several categories based on their aging process: Rioja (the youngest), Crianza, Reserva, and Gran Reserva, with the latter two requiring several years of aging in oak barrels and bottles before release.

La Rioja is divided into three sub-regions: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa, and Rioja Oriental (formerly known as Rioja Baja). Each area brings its unique characteristics to the wines. Rioja Alta is known for its old-world style wines with a balance of structure and acidity; Rioja Alavesa produces wines with a full-bodied and aromatic profile due to its limestone-rich soils; Rioja Oriental, being warmer, typically yields wines that are richer and more intensely colored.

The region's commitment to quality and tradition, combined with innovations in winemaking techniques, ensures that La Rioja continues to produce wines that are appreciated globally for their depth, complexity, and longevity. The picturesque landscapes of vine-covered hills and historic bodegas (wine cellars) also make La Rioja a popular destination for wine tourism.
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