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Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2005 by Bodegas Muga

Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2005 by Bodegas Muga

Region: Rioja - Rating: 95 - '...wondeful focus and intensity...'

$72.95 WN-79-05

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  • Outstanding texture will win you over
  • Opulent bouquet
  • Full bodied palate

95 Points - "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+." -The Wine Advocate

COMPOSITION: 80% Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano

TASTING NOTES:
94 Points - "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." --Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, September/October 2013.

94 Points - [Refers to 2004 vintage] - "Dark ruby. An intensely perfumed nose displays cherry-cola, cassis, licorice and woodsmoke, with a sexy floral quality and very good focus. Juicy, penetrating dark fruit flavors are given spine by tangy acidity and pick up bitter chocolate and spicecake nuances with air. Supple tannins add shape to the very long, sappy, smoke-accented finish. This is still a baby." -Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar.

ABOUT THE PRODUCER: Mr. Isaac Muga opened his first cellar in 1932. At his death in 1969, his sons Manuel and Isaac took over the management and winemaking of the winery. This is the only winery left in Spain that uses only oak throughout the process of its production. The Muga family continues to maintain their own cooperage and directly imports American and French oak in order to custom make their barrels. The family estate consists of 96 acres (40 hectares) and supplements their production with grapes from 50 different small growers; some of them have less than one hectare, from 40-50 year-old vines. The majority of grapes are from Rioja Alta.

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