1998 Bodegas Muga "Prado Enea" Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1026068 94 points Wine & Spirits

 Muga's classical gran reserva leads off with layers of complexity in '98. Scents of cherry liqueur and game form a rich harmony, a bright major chord in the center of darker, mature tannins. Those tannins have softened to a caress, with pliant refinement for roast partridge or squab.  (12/2007)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red. Dried cherry, plum and coconut on the nose, with complicating notes of dried rose, baking spices and musky underbrush. Lush red fruit and vanillin oak flavors are supple and sweet. Very soft tannins add a light chewiness to the impressively long, spicy finish. Very pretty stuff.  (9/2007)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1998 Prado Enea Gran Reserva is ready for prime time. It gives up a complex nose of spice box, sage, thyme, balsamic, black cherry, and blackberry. Smooth and elegant on the palate, it can be approached now but will drink well for another 15 years. (JM)  (6/2010)

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.