|"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.