Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2015 | Rioja
The Prado Enea grapes are always the last to be taken to the winery and are selected from plots and land located in the northwest of La Rioja Alta, in the municipalities of Sajazarra, Cellorigo and Fonzaleche. At 550 meters above sea level. With clay-calcareous soil. Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano.
The grapes are fermented in oak vats without temperature control or the addition of yeast. Maceration of 16 days. After a minimum of 36 months in barrels, generally French oak. Once the aging is finished, the wine is lightly clarified with fresh egg whites before being bottled and kept in their cellars for at least another 36 months.
The most classical of their wines, the 2015 Prado Enea Gran Reserva is a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano, mostly from Rioja Alta (Sajazarra, Cellorigo and Fonzaleche), but the Garnacha is from different plots in the zone of Tudelilla at high altitude. These grapes are always picked last, but the wine has a similar alcohol level as the rest, around 14.5% in a warm year like 2019. The modus operandi is similar to other of the top cuvées—harvested into 200-kilogram boxes, destemming, optical sorting and fermentation in small oak casks with indigenous yeasts. The élevage in this case is extended to 36 months, and the barrels are only 10% new. This is, year in, year out, my favorite wine from Muga, and in this powerful and ripe year, these late-harvesting vines ripened thoroughly and delivered a full array of aromas and flavors so that the wine has plenty of depth and complexity. It has a very classical profile, with incipient tertiary notes, perfumed, floral and rich, textured and beautifully balanced. They compare this 2015 with 2009 and 2005 in terms of style but with freshness in the style of 2001 and 2010. It's enjoyable but should also develop for a long time in bottle. One of the finest Prado Enea vintages. 108,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2018. There's no 2012 or 2013 of this. There will be a 2016 and 2019, but no 2017 or 2018. 2020 is still a question mark, they have not yet decided it.