- Añejamiento: 12 months in big oak tonnels and 36 months in barriques
- País: España
- Región: Rioja
- Varietal: 80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, Mazuelo y Graciano
- Vendimia: 2005
The Prado Enea Gran Reserva spends 48-months in oak, nine months in new oak after which it is racked into American oak that is semi-new (i.e. a new barrel that is broken in with a wine beforehand). It has an unashamedly opulent bouquet of primal, ripe, boysenberry, mulberry, dark chocolate and crushed violets that blossom with aeration. The palate is full-bodied with crisp acidity cutting through the pure blackberry and cassis fruit. It has wonderful focus and intensity, though the finish demonstrates convincing composure. This is an outstanding Gran Reserva whose silky texture will instantly win you over. Drink 2013-2030+ .
– 95 Points, Neal Martin (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate)
(80% Tempranillo, with Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano; aged in large oak vats for 16 months, followed by another 36 months in small oak barrels and then another 3 years in bottle before release): Deep ruby. Heady, mineral-tinged red fruit and rose scents are complemented by star anise, vanilla and woodsmoke. Supple, seamless and concentrated, offering intense raspberry, cherry and rose pastille flavors underscored by zesty minerality. Shows uncommon finesse for its power and finishes sweet, focused and extremely long. For the money, this is a crazy value.
– 94 points (Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar)
For Bodegas Muga, tradition is a way of life that is now so deeply rooted, that it has become almost law. Our tradition is based on wood, whether it be used to form, tubs, casks, beams or pillars. Muga has changed the rules of ageing, exceeding the minimum limits to produce RESERVAS that taste like GRANDES RESERVAS and GRANDES RESERVAS that taste like the GREATEST wines of the region and world. Nevertheless, although it may seem somewhat paradoxical, this working philosophy has not prevented us from making wines that are perfectly in tune with modern times.
At Muga, we make our own oak vats and casks, and carry out all our wine-making, ageing and storage activities using oak. Our casks are made from French and American oak and are replaced at least once every ten years. www.bodegasmuga.com