2004 Bodegas Muga Rioja Prado Enea Gran Reserva

Year: 2004
Appellation: Rioja
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 94
Red Wine
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80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano.

"The 2004 Prado Enea Gran Reserva is not quite as dense as the 2005 but is more expressive on the nose and rounder on the palate. It is a complete effort that should prove to be one of the best Prado Eneas Muga has produced. " (WA)

"(80% tempranillo, with garnacha, mazuelo and graciano): 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." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
The grapes used for making Prado Enea, along with those for Torre Muga, are always the last ones to be brought into the winery. This late picking ensures ideal ripening. The grapes are then fermented naturally in 10,000-kilo oak vats with no temperature control or added yeasts. The maceration time can vary and may go on for up to twenty days. This wine is aged in 16,000-litre capacity oak vats for twelve months and then (minimum) thirty-six months in oak casks and (minimum) thirty-six months in the bottle. After cask-ageing the wine is gently fined using fresh egg whites.

We achieved a better than normal point of ripeness which was then reflected in the presence of riper fruit aromas and the almost complete disappearance of the floral character which is so characteristic of this wine.

The climate conditions during the year were harsh and sharply contrasting, immediately reflected in the wine, as you would expect, in the shape of sharp tannins.

After nearly seven long years of polishing and smoothing, these have been perfectly integrated, allowing us to discover a wide range of spicy nuances, lightly superimposed on the fruit and flanked by fine, very fresh leather aromas.

In this phase of the tasting what most surprises you is how the wine takes over the whole mouth from the initial attack until a few minutes after the finish.

The aftertaste and retronasal phase initially transmit even, dominant notes of tobacco which fade to give way to spices such as cloves and black pepper.

Without a shadow of a doubt, the evolution of this wine is storing up some fantastic sensations for us to enjoy in the future.