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2009 Prado Enea Tinto Gran Reserva, Bodegas Muga

2009 Prado Enea Tinto Gran Reserva, Bodegas Muga

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80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano. Fermented in large oak vats, then aged one year in large oak, three years in French barrique, with a further three years in bottle prior to release. Where else but Rioja can you still find this commitment to ageing a fine wine to perfect maturity prior to release, and that Muga can still offer this at such a great price is something for us all to be grateful for. Roast lamb or game would be wonderful matches, but this wine will enhance every meal!

The most classic cuvée was not produced in 2007 or 2008, so we jumped to the phenomenal 2009 Prado Enea. It was produced with grapes from cooler vineyards that enjoyed 20 extra days of slow ripening compared with warmer zones, which provided them with perfect ripeness and deep flavors. This blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha and the remaining 10% between Mazuelo and Graciano had an extended élevage, in this case no less than three years (alternating newer and older barrels). This is still a baby and I know Winemaker Jorge Muga would like to keep it in bottle for longer before selling it, but the commercial pressure is tremendous, as there has been no wine since 2006. The wine has 14.1% alcohol and a surprising 3.34 pH, especially considering 2009 was generally a warm and ripe year. But somehow this cuvée seems to work very well in ripe vintages. The wine feels even younger on the palate, and it still needs to develop some further complexity and the silky texture for which this wine is famous. There is good balance here and all the elements are in place for a nice development in bottle. In fact, it feels like one of the great recent vintages of Prado Enea. There will be no Prado Enea in 2012 and 2013 either, but it's produced in 2010, 2014 (small quantities) and 2015. At this quality level, the price seems like a real bargain. Drink 2017-2029  96/100 - Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate #226, 31st Aug 2016

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