Muga Gran Reserva Prado Enea 2006

Muga Gran Reserva Prado Enea 2006 Spain  Rioja Red Wine  Red Blend
Product ID: 26128
Region: Spain, Rioja
Varietal: Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Graciano, Garnacha
Type: Red Wine, Red Blend
Vintage: 2006
Size: 750ml
ABV%: 14.0

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"Intense ruby-red, cherry heart and slight brick-red tinge at the edge. Expressive, well defined aged character but with reminders of the fruit. A base of very ripe red fruit (plums, blackcurrants) cloaked in a fairly classical bouquet which gradually opens up more subtle nuances as the wine is aired. First come the hints of fine wood (cedar, fresh acacia bark), then lots of spicy aromas (cinnamon, cloves, black peppercorns) and finally reminders of tobacco leaves and tea to round off an overall impression combining a clear classic character with very modern vitality. Balanced on the palate, with body and liveliness, the tannins well tamed by the ageing but still there, providing sensations of noble strength, consistent, full mouthfeel, lively, well integrated acidity and wood, full of taste and suggestive mouth aromas in which the fine reminders of ripe fruit are more apparent, persistent, supple finish inviting you to have another glass. An exemplary Gran Reserva, well developed and full of vitality. Expression of the fruit, with the classic Rioja bouquet (with no animal notes or any sign of oxidation) and with the fine, lively character of a red from the Rioja Alta." —winemaker

Blend: 80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, Mazuelo, and Graciano

Wine Anthology review:
Prado Enea's fruit enters the winery last out of all of Muga's other wines, making certain that the grapes have achieved optimal ripeness before vinification begins. Its complex aromas feature black cherries and plums with rich cedar, tobacco, and smoke filling out the background, along with a fine finish that seems to go on forever. The wine undergoes a considerable aging of at least seven years, divided among time in oak and bottle, and although still young this 2006 is showing spectacular integration and a silky, luxurious mouthfeel.
"This is amazing traditional Rioja with a complexity and beauty of ripe fruit and long aging. Unique. Full body, ultra-fine tannins, tobacco, vanilla, plums and prunes. It lasts for minutes on the palate. Three years aged in oak and three years in bottle. 80% tempranillo with the rest of the classic varieties. All from high altitude vineyards." —James Suckling

"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. 90,000 bottles produced. The next Prado Enea will be 2009 as they didn't get what they look for in this wine in either 2007 and 2008. Those were two cold vintages, and 2007 had 100 liters of rain during the harvest. Prado Enea is harvested in November and in 2008 there was frost at the end of October." —Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate
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Attributes Meat Cheese Other
Tempranillochicken in tomatoes, lamb stew, veal scaloppini, quail or squabAsiago, Cheddar, Havarti, or Manchegotomato sauces, Spanish dishes, or tapas
Garnachared meat, game or roast porkBleu d'Auvergne, Camembert, Chevrotin des Aravis, Fourme d'Ambert or Reblochontomato based sauces, pepper, mushrooms or earthy sauces