Prado Enea is one of Spain's most recognisable labels. A lot of effort is put into crafting the Bodegas Muga Prado Enea. The grapes that go into this wine come from the original high altitude land holdings of Bodegas Muga in Rioja which are blessed with an amazing micro climate. The grapes are always harvested last to ensure that they reached phenolic ripeness. Phenolic ripeness is a sexy winemaking term that basically means the grapes are ripe enough so that the compounds inside them are developed well to give the wine nuances and complexity. The harvested grapes are transported in small bins so that the weight of the crop doesn't bear on the berries at the bottom of the bin, crushing them and hence unwittingly starting the fermentation process.
Once at the winery, the grapes are sorted by hand where inferior grapes are discarded. The bunches are then destemmed to make sure that the final product doesn't come across as tasting "green". After crushing and marceration, the waiting game begins where the wine first rests in French barriques for 36 months, before bottling and going through a second maturing process of another 36 months. The resulting wine is a work of art. With the extended aging, tannins have softened to the point where it can be enjoyed immediately, although there's really no rush. You can easily keep it for 10 years. The flavours are layered, with initial impressions of black fruit, gingerbread and spice slowly giving way and yielding notes of cream, vanilla and ripe fruits.
Bodegas Muga Prado Enea is made only in years where conditions are ideal. It is the perfect wine to explore beyond the very popular Muga Reserva and discover for yourself why Spanish wines really punch above their "price tags".
"Really beautiful aromas of crushed blackberry, brambleberry, hazelnut, walnut and light coffee, following through to a full yet so reserved and polished body with fine, creamy-textured tannins. Fresh and exquisite finish. This is a much more refined and harmonic rendition of their classic wine. Three years in French oak from their own production. Very enjoyable now, but this will improve with age for a long time." James Suckling, 97 points
"The Muga family got its start as winegrowers in Villalba, in the eastern mountains of Rioja Alta, where they still tend small parcels that provide some of their top selections, including Prado Enea. This wine ferments in large oak vats without added yeasts, then ages in mostly French oak barrels. Once bottled, it rests at least three years at the winery before release. Now seven years old, the wine’s luminous color seems to infuse its flavors, emphasizing mountain freshness rather than any overt acidity. Its red-fruit intensities range from boysenberry to cherry and cherry tomato, all of it layered into a texture that’s supple and complex. A classic with a long life ahead." Wine & Spirits, 95 points
"Full-bodied, refined and powerful, with a luxurious texture, this red boasts glossy raspberry reduction, cherry and mineral notes, woven together with floral and spice accents and hints of tobacco and tea. Drink now through 2033." Wine Spectator, 93 points
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