2010 Bodegas Muga "Prado Enea" Gran Reserva Rioja SKU #1360609

Price: $69.99

JS 99 RP 97 DC 96
JD 95 VN 95 WE 94
WS 94
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K&L Notes

Prado Enea is the flagship wine at Muga, a steadfastly traditional Gran Reserva that is typically only produced 4 or so years per decade. A few key data points make it unique. Let's begin with the vines themselves, which are located in Sajazarra, a village amongst the coldest growing regions of Rioja Alta, further west from Haro and with harvest dates that typically extend well into October, even into November! In addition to Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha and approximately 10% Mazuelo and Graciano are blended in. This creates freshness as the latter two are higher acid grapes, which tends to result in fresh, low pH wines that age for long periods of time. Finally, in the cellar, there are various types and formats of wood vessels, from huge "tinas" to smaller new barrels, which are employed through experienced, time tested elevage to provide the wine ample opportunity to develop its stability and complexity. If this wine is a gem in most vintages, in years as strong as 2010 it truly is a must-have bottling for the cellar.

Staff Reviews

  • Will Blakely
    By: Will Blakely
    10/11/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    While the 2009 vintage represents elegance and finesse, this release of Muga's most famous cuvee is all about power. Intensely flavored and deeply structured, this one should spend several more years in the cellar before the furthest reaches of its complexity will rise to the surface. After allowing the wine to breathe for some time, dark cherries, ripe plum, and decadent mocha seeped from the glass amid silky but firm tannins. The spice on the finish seems a touch subtler than in the previous vintage, but perhaps it was simply taking a back seat to the dynamic display of lush fruit and dense earth. In time, this bottle could bring one to tears. Tasting it is a privilege every wine lover should experience.

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