Rioja Prado Enea Gran Reserva 1998
Only the finest grapes produced by Bodegas Muga go into to this late release Tempranillo Grenache blend. Deep red brick in color almost brown this wine drinks like a Spanish Brunello revealing a delicious balance of earth and fruit. This wine sees one year in large oak vats three years in new Bordeaux barriques and a minimum of three years in bottle.
Bodegas Muga is a celebrated winery in the Railway District in the town of Haro in Rioja, Spain. Moved to the present location in 1971 by the children of founder Isaac Muga Martinez, Muga Winery was been producing a variety of wines since its founding in 1932. Bodegas Muga currently is in control of one thousand acres of fertile wine growing land, and is one of the few wineries in the world that owns its own cooperage.
Must have for Rioja lovers. Medium to full bodied with classic tempranillo notes of leather and coffee to balance the fruit and spice.
Exceptional - Wonderful aromas of raspberry, blackcurrant, leather and coffee, silky taste, excellent balance and long finish, in a broad-shouldered and imposing bottle. A little bit expensive!
Outstanding now, slightly grabs the tonge but complex fruits and long finish Wonderful, Wish I had more
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Saturated ruby. Exotically perfumed, syrah-like bouquet of red and dark berries, violet, smoky bacon and graphite, with a vanillin oak spice undertone adding an exotic touch. Fleshy, palate-staining cassis and bitter cherry flavors are brightened by piquant minerality and firmed by fine-grained tannins. Cracked pepper and mace qualitites come up on the long, silky finish. Extremely suave and strikingly complex wine with excellent balance.
This vintage of Torre Muga leads with its dazzling complexity, then wallops you with richness. It's easy to get caught up in the whirl of spice rising from the glass, coriander, sandalwood, tobacco leaf, the milk chocolate hint of oak; it's an intellectual pleasure. Then from the first sip there's the sensual pleasure, too, of packed cherry and raspberry fruit, of the dense silky texture, and of those gripping tannins that pull the finish into line. Delicious as it is now, this deserves a decade in the cellar, when it will provide a layered accompaniment to herb-rubbed leg of lamb.
The new luxury Rioja, the 1995 Torre Muga Reserva Especial (75% Tempranillo, 15% Mazuelo, and 10% Graciano), was kept 22 months in large American oak vats and then moved to 100% new French oak for 16 months. There are approximately 5,000 cases of this gorgeous Rioja, which has managed to endure significant oak aging, yet retain remarkable levels of fruit, complexity, and richness. The Lafite-Rothschild of Rioja, it offers elegant, spicy, cedary, black cherry, mineral, and toasty aromas. Medium to full-bodied, with harmony among its component parts, this is a wine of exceptional grace, richness, length, and overall symmetry. It can be drunk now, but promises to improve for 12ndash;20 years. Impressive!
A selection from Muga's oldest vineyards in Villalba, Torre Muga packs all the machismo of an alta expresión wine, chewy, dense and powerful. It lasts on tough, mineral-inflected tannin and generous black cherry flavor, the fruit component substantial enough to fill the structure completely. It's balanced in its power, juicy and firm, needing years to fully develop.
This vintage of Torre Muga leads with its dazzling complexity, then wallops you with richness. Itandrsquo;s easy to get caught up in the whirl of spice rising from the glass, coriander, sandalwood, tobacco leaf, the milk chocolate hint of oak; itandrsquo;s an intellectual pleasure. Then from the first sip thereandrsquo;s the sensual pleasure, too, of packed cherry and raspberry fruit, of the dense silky texture, and of those gripping tannins that pull the finish into line. Delicious as it is now, this deserves a decade in the cellar, when it will provide a layered accompaniment to herb-rubbed leg of lamb.
Lush and ripe. Rich plum and cherry flavors are wrapped in toasty oak and supported by muscular tannins in this exuberant red. A bit clumsy now, but vivid and deep. Best from 2003 through 2008.
A dazzling effort from this traditionally run bodega, the 1994 Torre Muga is a terrific Rioja. A blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Mazuelo and 10% Grenache, this wine emerges from the estatersquo;s oldest vines, and is aged in small barriques. A breakthrough in what will undoubtedly be a bevy of cult Riojas, made from old vines, and aged in small casks, this is a full-bodied, superbly-concentrated, fragrant, multi-dimensional wine. The color is a deep, dark ruby with some lightening at the edge. The nose offers up sweet scents of black cherry liqueur, raspberries, licorice, smoke, lead pencil, and pain grilleacute;. In the mouth, there are lush layers of fruit that cascade over the palate, as well as full body and gobs of glycerin. This Rioja possesses gorgeous sweetness of fruit (from extract, not sugar), as well as impeccable purity and overall harmony. Anticipated maturity: nowndash;2015. This wine spent 22 months in American oak vats, followed by 16 months in 100% new Allier oak casks!
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