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2005 Bodegas Muga "Prado Enea" Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1116565 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2005 Prado Enea Gran Reserva spends 36-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+. (NM) Inner quote mark (8/2012)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Big and rich style with so much ripe fruit and toasted oak. Meat. Punchy. Drink or hold, but a long life ahead. Inner quote mark (7/2019)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark (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. (JR) Inner quote mark (9/2013)

92 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark The Muga family originally came from Villalba, a hill town in Rioja Alta where they still farm small plots of old vines. At these high elevations, the grapes ripen late, producing Prado Enea in favorable harvests. This 2005 captures the personality of Rioja in its scents of roasted piquillo peppers and fresh woodland blueberries. For now, it feels supercharged with oak, its musky complexity hidden underneath. This is built for long aging, and warrants at least five years in the cellar to allow the oak to fade into the background. There’s a great wine lying in wait. Inner quote mark (12/2013)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark 80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano. Chocolate, black fruit, poised and broad; has the physique of a boxer but the balance of an acrobat. Traditional Rioja flavours with serious structure. 17.5/20 points. Drink 2017 – 2037. (RH) Inner quote mark (12/2015)

K&L Notes

This is an excellent vintage of one of the truly great, collectible, must-have Riojas. If you are getting into cellaring Riojas (which, of course, we hope you are as the wines age beautifully!) then this is a terrific cellar candidate. "Prado Enea" is the flagship, the most steadfastly traditional wine from the Bodegas Muga stable. While it has the combination of spice and savor, high toned fruit and challk, heady floral aromatics and sumptuous berry fruit that the best Riojas show, it manages to offer both the finer fragrance and greater intensity of flavor on the palate that only the best vintages bring to the table. This is a terrific wine to put down in the cellar and share with friends in another several years - or much longer, if you prefer. What can we say - this is awesome Rioja, a classic. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2013 | Send Email
The Prado Enea is the most traditional bottling Muga produces and it is always my favorite. The 2005 is no slouch with a sleek mouthfeel, dark current flavors, toasted sage aromas and a hint of burnished leather. This is a touch more extroverted than the 2004 and that is fine by me. Approachable now or cellar worthy for many years to come.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/22/2013 | Send Email
I have fond memories of a 1996 Prado Enea enjoyed around 2005, if memory serves. The wine was delicious, showing everything I love in authentic gran reserva Rioja: intense fruit, spice, fragrant leather, and perhaps most importantly, balanced acidity. This was a wine hitting on all cylinders, both on the nose and the palate, in a way that, to my tastes anyway, only great Burgundy, Barolo, northern Rhone wines -and yes, Rioja - manage. Though the wine was delicious, it clearly was a bit firm yet and had more to say. This 05 Prado Enea reminds me a great deal of that '96. I have no doubt that, tasty as it is now, it will repay patient cellaring.

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