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99-Point, Sub-$60 “Flawless and Seamless” 2010 Prado Enea - The Highest Rated Ever - 02/23/2018 - Spain

Consistently among the most collectible, top-selling, and affordable bottlings in all of Spain, the 2010 vintage of Muga’s Prado Enea is a can’t miss wine that’s sure to delight collectors far and wide. Prado Enea has long been a favorite of the critics, but with this best-ever 99-point score, it has reached a new plateau entirely. Suckling was so taken that he boldly asserted, “it takes your breath away.” Given Muga’s long and impressive track record, it hardly comes as a surprise that this elite estate delivered such an impressive bottling in the brilliant 2010 vintage. Produced only in the best vintages this blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo, and Graciano is every bit as expressive as it is enticing. Both a hedonistic and intellectual delight, there isn’t a wine drinker who won’t be impressed. That a tour de force of winemaking of this caliber can be had under $60 leaves us shocked and amazed. This is your first chance at the epic bottling and we strongly recommend that you stock up now. As history has shown, when a wine this sharply priced earns acclaim like this, it is never around for long. Bravo to the team at Muga, you have truly outdone yourselves!

2010 Bodegas Muga "Prado Enea" Gran Reserva Rioja (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

99 points James Suckling: "The wonderfully silky texture with an added juiciness is what makes this wine so very special. The flawless and seamless nature to the wine is so impressive that it takes you breath away. Plenty of beautiful fruit but what mouthfeel. Drink now and forever." (01/2018)

96 points Decanter: "Only made in the best vintages, and they don't get any better than 2010, this is a brooding, ageworthy blend of mostly Tempranillo, with 20% Garnacha and 10% Mazuelo. It's rich, dark and complex with stylish tannins and scented oak." (10/2017)

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 ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 23, 2018

If you will excuse the market analogy for this pre-arrival (or, futures) bottling, we have thoroughly examined the fundamentals and technical indicators for the 2010 Bodedgas Muga Prado Enea, and have come to the conclusion that it is a strong buy! Over the years I have consumed lots of Muga: not quite released bottlings, older wines that were simply labeled "cosecha," and my fair share of Prado Enea. The wines are amongst the most consistent of any winery I've been following, in Spain or elsewhere. What we have with the 2010 Prado Enea is a unique opportunity to get a known first growth quality wine, from a spectacular vintage, at Spanish 1st growth prices. Act fast, as this first tranche is not likely to last long [Quick bonus: if you're curious to see how Muga ages, we just received in a much smaller quantity of 1970 Reserva bottlings, with hard wax sealed capsules and fills that go into the neck.]