2009 Prado Enea Gran Reserva Bodegas Muga

Made in only the best vintages (2009 is rated as a 4.5 star vintage by Tim Atkin and “outstanding” by Wine Advocate) and with a tremendous track record of success, Muga’s Prado Enea Gran Reserva Rioja is perennially popular. The 2009 is absolutely no exception and with 97 points from Suckling, 96 points from Gutierrez and 95 points from Raynolds, it remains one of Spain’s best reds and one of the great fine wine bargains.


The Wine Advocate’s Spanish expert Gutierrez is obviously a huge fan of this 2009, speculating that it “feels like one of the great vintages of Prado Enea” and, compellingly for the potential buyer, he makes clear just what an attractive proposition this is; “At this quality level, the price seems like a real bargain.” Suckling agrees, calling this “a wine with superb depth. Always a masterpiece.”


With none made in 2012 and 2013, and 2010 and 2014 both tiny in terms of production, Prado Enea is likely to become a rare thing on the market in the coming months, making this one to buy up.

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Average critic rating : 96.0 points



Gorgeous aromas of ripe fruit, Spanish cedar and dark chocolate. Full body with beautiful flavors of fresh strawberries and raspberries. Super polished and refined. Lovely tension. Refined and polished. A wine with superb depth. Always a masterpiece. Better in 2018 but a joy to taste now. Oct 2016, www.jamessuckling.com



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. 90,000 bottles produced in 2009. Aug 2016, www.robertparker.com, Drink: 2017-2029



(aged for 16 months in large French oak vats, followed by three years in 85 percent French and 15 percent American oak barrels and then held in bottle for three years before release) Brilliant ruby-red. Heady aromas of smoke-accented red berries, potpourri, incense and vanilla show superb clarity and pick up cedar and pipe tobacco nuances in the glass. Sweet, seamless and broad in the mouth, offering concentrated yet vibrant red currant, cherry liqueur and floral pastille flavors that fan out steadily on the back half. A spicecake quality emerges on the impressively persistent, red-fruit- and floral-driven finish, which is given shape by smooth, harmonious tannins. Jan 2017, www.vinous.com, Drink: 2021-2030


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