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...
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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