2014 Bodegas Muga "Prado Enea" Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1565356 97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Really beautiful aromas of crushed blackberry, brambleberry, hazelnut, walnut and light coffee, following through to a full yet so reserved and polished body with fine, creamy-textured tannins. Fresh and exquisite finish. This is a much more refined and harmonic rendition of their classic wine. Three years in French oak from their own production. Very enjoyable now, but this will improve with age for a long time. Inner quote mark (7/2021)

95 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark The Muga family got its start as winegrowers in Villalba, in the eastern mountains of Rioja Alta, where they still tend small parcels that provide some of their top selections, including Prado Enea. This wine ferments in large oak vats without added yeasts, then ages in mostly French oak barrels. Once bottled, it rests at least three years at the winery before release. Now seven years old, the wine’s luminous color seems to infuse its flavors, emphasizing mountain freshness rather than any overt acidity. Its red-fruit intensities range from boysenberry to cherry and cherry tomato, all of it layered into a texture that’s supple and complex. A classic with a long life ahead. Inner quote mark (12/2021)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Full-bodied, refined and powerful, with a luxurious texture, this red boasts glossy raspberry reduction, cherry and mineral notes, woven together with floral and spice accents and hints of tobacco and tea. (GS) Inner quote mark (9/2021)

K&L Notes

Prado Enea is the flagship wine at Muga, a steadfastly traditional Gran Reserva that is typically only produced every four years or so. A few key data points make it unique. Let's begin with the vines themselves, which are located in Sajazarra, one of the coldest growing regions in Rioja Alta, further west from Haro and with harvest dates that typically extend well into October or 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 tend to result in low pH wines that are able to age for long periods of time. Finally, in the cellar, there are various types and formats of wood vessels, from huge "tiñas" to smaller new barrels, which are employed through time-tested élevage to provide the wine ample opportunity to develop its stability and complexity.


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By: Dejah Overby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/17/2021 | Send Email
The Muga Prado holds a special place in my heart, its not an "every occasion wine" but when I find my self revisiting it, its always a delightful reminder how delcious this wine is. The upfront red fruit notes of candied cranberry, red plum, sweet pomegranate and beet root juice show in the most splendid way. The addition of cinnamon spice plus the lingering onward minerality really sets this wine in a happy place for me. This Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano blend delivers a fine restraint of lively fruit at its semi-peak ripeness is just what you would want from a Rioja Reserva. Hold for later enjoyment or drink now, either way you'll have a winner!

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/16/2021 | Send Email
First of all, you will have to forgive Kirk Walker for his review. Last year, for Halloween, he dressed up as Timothee Chalamet and this year he is going as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. Or, a sand worm. I can't remember which. My hairdo only allows me to be Gaius Helen Mohiam. In any case, he is correct that this Prado Enea is as addictive as the spice. There's going to be some repetition in my descriptions, as well. My written down notes list a nose of dust, cedar, brambleberries, red plums and nuts. On the palate, black fruits with lush currants and boysenberries. A heady dose of cinnamon leads to a spicy finish with clean oak. Another winner! Ok, it's been at least a month of tasting really excellent Rioja every week. Knock it off, Kirk! I'll end up going off of Champagne and Gary Westby will not be pleased.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/14/2021 | Send Email
This wine needs a minute to open, frankly it needs about 30-45 minutes to open. Once it comes together, Damn! I love Rioja! I love this wine! What a nose! (Sorry it feels like I have been listening to a few too many podcasts lately). And I will apologize one more time but I will date this review by saying I am very excited about the Dune movie that will be released in just a week's time. But the nose, bear with me, it is easier to visualize in my mind's eye and putting words together on a page makes it seem more and more like nonsense, but I will do it anyway, here we go. The nose is dusty, aromatic, and intense. The dusty, spicy, earthy, and oaky tones of the wine jump out of the glass as if they were being chased out of it by the fruit. I see the fruit as a giant Arrakis sandworm, breaching the surface and chasing after the other aromatics as if they were a spice thopter, just like in the David Lynch film. The fruit is intense. It is a concentrated mix of dark and red fruits, mixed berries with just a touch of tangy pomegranate and of coarse spice (spoiler: the worms make the spice), how could it note be spicy and earthy too. The fruit is concentrated, focused and feels like it too, is trying to escape the glass. Ok, back to earth, Kirk. On the palate this wine sings. It is unmistakable Prado Enea. It is effortless. It showcases the benefit of Gran Reserva aging, everything is integrated (I love Rioja). It is intense but contained, polished, elegant. The fruit is fresh and only starts to show a little bit of age toward the finish where it hints at fruit leather. The oak, earth and leather tones touch everything but never stand out, it is all accent, it is just there to support and highlight the fruit. The wine glides on the palate and then lingers. And lingers. And lingers. As the fruit dims the spice and earth get played up. It is on the finish that you realize how clean this wine is, there is nothing rustic, nothing out of place, impeccable is the word that comes to mind. This wine does what great wine should do. While I know that this wine will age nicely for well over a decade, it is so damn good now that I doubt any bottle that I buy will last that long.

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