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2005 Bodegas Muga "Prado Enea" Gran Reserva Rioja SKU #1116565

Price: $89.99

RP 95 JS 94 ST 94
W&S 92
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K&L Notes

This is an excellent vintage of one of the truly great, collectible, must-have Riojas. If you are getting into cellaring Riojas (which, of course, we hope you are as the wines age beautifully!) then this is a terrific cellar candidate. "Prado Enea" is the flagship, the most steadfastly traditional wine from the Bodegas Muga stable. While it has the combination of spice and savor, high-toned fruit and chalk, heady floral aromatics and sumptuous berry fruit that the best Riojas show, it manages to offer both the finer fragrance and greater intensity of flavor on the palate that only the best vintages bring to the table. This is a terrific wine to put down in the cellar and share with friends in another several years—or much longer, if you prefer. What can we say—this is awesome Rioja, a classic. (Joe Manekin, former K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)

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Staff Reviews

  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    The Prado Enea is the most traditional bottling Muga produces and it is always my favorite. The 2005 is no slouch with a sleek mouthfeel, dark current flavors, toasted sage aromas and a hint of burnished leather. This is a touch more extroverted than the 2004 and that is fine by me. Approachable now or cellar worthy for many years to come.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    I have fond memories of a 1996 Prado Enea enjoyed around 2005, if memory serves. The wine was delicious, showing everything I love in authentic gran reserva Rioja: intense fruit, spice, fragrant leather, and perhaps most importantly, balanced acidity. This was a wine hitting on all cylinders, both on the nose and the palate, in a way that, to my tastes anyway, only great Burgundy, Barolo, northern Rhone wines -and yes, Rioja - manage. Though the wine was delicious, it clearly was a bit firm yet and had more to say. This 05 Prado Enea reminds me a great deal of that '96. I have no doubt that, tasty as it is now, it will repay patient cellaring.


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