2006 Bodegas Muga "Prado Enea" Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1204858 98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A powerful and layered red with ripe berry, cedar and licorice notes. Roses and sandalwood. Full body, very deep and intense. Changing all the time in the glass. A superb wine. Inner quote mark (7/2017)

96 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2006 Prado Enea is a phenomenal bottle of traditional Rioja at its best. A blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha and the remaining 10% Mazuelo and Graciano aged for a long time in oak and bottled before release. This is a practice quite common from yesteryear, but that is a true rarity today. The technical data provided talks about incredible parameters, 14% alcohol and a pH of 3.39, both extremely low for a warm vintage like 2006. The grapes are sourced from higher-altitude terraced plots where the climate is cooler and drier and the soils are rich in clay. This is a wine that is not automatically produced every year. The wine spends its elevage in oak containers of different size, origin and age for no less than three years. The nose is intoxicating with a superb mixture of tertiary and more primary aromas like old furniture, cloves, cracked pepper, incense and cigar ash plus cherries in liqueur (that Garnacha!). The palate is medium-bodied, with great freshness (Jorge Muga tells me the pH is stabilized with aging in barrel), acidity and balance, with a silky texture, ultra-fine tannins and great persistence and length. This wine feels younger than it is, and seems to be aging at a glacial pace. With the stuffing and balance it has this should make very old bones, and drink greatly throughout its life. Superb! At this quality level the price seems like a bargain. (LG) Inner quote mark (4/2015)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark While the Muga family now produces some ultra-modern styles, this sits perfectly in a classical spot, all woodsmoke and red berries. The 80% Tempranillo matured for three years in cask makes for a finely balanced, typical Rioja. (SJE) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Highly fragrant scents of redcurrant, dried cherry, pipe tobacco, leather and rose oil. Lively and precise on the palate, offering deeply pitched red fruit and floral pastille flavors and a hint of black pepper. The youthfully tight finish features excellent clarity and lingering spiciness. (JR) Inner quote mark (9/2015)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Cedar, char and blackberry aromas are full and ripe on the nose. Given the wine’s age, its structure and tannic weight are just right. Earthy, lightly roasted flavors of spiced raspberry and plum finish peppery and dry. (MS) Inner quote mark (2/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark The dense texture carries harmonious flavors of plum, tobacco, licorice, mineral and smoke in this polished red. Well-integrated tannins and orange peel acidity keep this balanced. The floral, spicy finish brings you back for another sip. (TM) Inner quote mark (2/2015)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Black fruit which is subdued when compared with the 2005. Soft but fibrous tannin. 17/20 points (RH) Inner quote mark (12/2015)

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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2015 | Send Email
A classic bottling from Muga, the Prado Enea in 2006 shows its usual complement of mixed berry fruits and black cherry, so rich and intense that it is nearly as though they were simmered down, though with the minerality, acidity and delineation of flavor that remind you this is a great wine from a great vineyard. The nice thing about 2006 is that it is very approachable, so you do not have to feel guilty about checking in on a bottle every now and then - assuming of course that you have bought at least 6 bottles!

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/6/2015 | Send Email
This intense, dark, powerful Rioja is top quality stuff that is perfect for fans of really big wines now and a great cellar candidate for later. The Prado Enea is very young and intense in the context of other Gran Reservas with bold black fruit flavors and flashy oak. The substance is there too- I have had bottles going back into the early 80's that show these wines are capable of improving for decades!
Drink from 2015 to 2026

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