Top Riojas through the ages

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Sarah Jane Evans MW explores the stylistic evolution of Rioja and suggests the best wines to look out for and buy from vintages spanning the last two decades...
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Rioja, Muga Prado Enea
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Muga, Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2004

Muga, Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2004
Prado Enea is Muga’s top wine, a blend of 80% Tempranillo, 7% Garnacha, 7% Mazuelo and 6% Graciano, with three years in barrel and three years in bottle – this is the way Rioja used to be made. Truffley, with a citrus lift, underlying red fruit and leather. 18pts/20 (93/100pts)
Price £25–£37 Christopher Piper, Harvey Nichols, Majestic, Martinez, Nickolls & Perks, South Downs Cellars, Waitrose Direct
Drink 2013–2025
Alc 14%

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