Muga consistently puts out one of our favorite Gran Reservas out of Rioja. And as usual this is hitting everything just right. Our descprition is simply..."Sooo gooood."
"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 fees like an open, expressive
and hedonistic year for Prado Enea. The palate reveals polished tannins and
some balsamic and developed flavors, truffle, forest floor and hints of cigar
ash and incense. Stylistically, this could be close to the 2006, which was also
surprisingly fresh for the average ripeness found in Rioja in general. 92,000
bottles produced. It was bottled in early 2015 after almost 40 months in
barrel. Time in bottle has polished the wine, and it's ready to drink on
release, but it's a wine that is going to develop in bottle for a long time." 96 points Luis Gutierrez Wine Advocate
"The most structured Prado Enea ever. A reduced center
palate that is so compact with dark fruit, dark mushrooms and cedary spice.
Full body. Wonderfully polished tannins and a long, long finish. Electric
acidity. Muscular and well toned. The is a new classic that reminds me of great
Spanish wines from the 1940s and 1950s. Better after 2021, but already so
impressive." 99 points James Suckling