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

SKU #1347339 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.  (1/2018)

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.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/23/2018 | Send Email
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.]

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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.


Alcohol Content (%): 14