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October 14, 2020



A Final Allocation of the 2010 Muga Gran Reserva Prado Enea! The Haro Icon Has Produced Its Finest Release Since the Immortal 1970! What You Should Know About Rioja’s Classic 2010 Vintage!

“The Prado Enea from 2010 could very well be one of the finest vintages of their classical, long-aging bottling...”

Today, we are excited to announce a final allocation of one of the most highly sought-after Rioja’s to date, it is the 2010 Prado Enea Gran Reserva from the iconic Bodega - MUGA. This is a historic vintage expression now commands up to $90+ per bottle elsewhere, and we’re delivering it to you at just $79.99. However, that’s not the real challenge, the issue is simply - finding the wine. It has SOLD OUT across the planet and has become difficult to secure over the past two years since its release; but as is the case for all 2010 Riojas, we never stopped searching and requesting. While we are waiting on the wines to arrive, it is important to note this may just be the final opportunity to secure the very last of this special vintage release with reasonable pricing.

As we said with the recent Gran Reserva releases from Murrieta and La Rioja Alta, 2010 is one of the truly great vintages in the making from Spain’s celebrated region of Rioja, the classic 96+-point year challenges the benchmarks set in 1994, 2001, and 2004. We, and the trade, are not alone with this assessment and the world has strongly taken notice. Over the past two years we had gone back to Haro to restock on many classics from the 2010 vintage, and were shut out on Reservas and Gran Reservas from Remelluri, CVNE, La Rioja Alta, Contino, Murrieta – just to name a few. Even the 2010 Crianza from Lopez de Heredia is a difficult find. If you love Rioja, our advice is simple - grab the classic 2010s when you see them – they are as good as the 2001s and 2004s! And that is what today’s offer is all about.

Featured Wines: Muga and Rioja From the Benchmark Vintage (Click to Order)



The highlight today of course is the 2010 Prado Enea Gran Reserva, and we are fortunate to include it with some good company. With its 99-point, near-perfect reviews, there is no doubt that the classic 2010 release is looking to be the finest Prado Enea produced in more than 40 Years. We have tasted the wine on several occasions, and recently with the Isaac Muga Palacin and we can emphatically agree with Luis Gutierrez, “the Prado Enea from 2010 could very well be one of the finest vintages of their classical, long-aging bottling.” James Suckling emphatically echoes this opinion calling it “flawless and seamless nature to the wine is so impressive that it takes your breath away.” But he summarizes it best with these words, the wine has “wonderfully silky texture with an added juiciness is what makes this wine so very special.” That’s what separates Muga from some of its iconic Haro neighbors, there is tremendous texture with layers of depth. For IWM, it is another classic Muga offering a little more restraint and structure that ranks alongside the likes of the 1970, 1981, 1995, 2005, and 2006 bottlings as one of the estate’s pinnacle expressions to date.

Most importantly, what separates this Gran Reserva in the world of wine is its value – while not inexpensive, it remains under $80 for not only a top-flight Rioja, but a world class wine that is drinkable now will age beautifully for another 20+ years. Anyone who has experienced the 1970 release knows how well the Prado Enea Gran Reserva can age; well, the 2010 release is certainly one of the great expressions to add to the list.

ADDITIONAL NOTES AND REVIEWS:



“My conviction was reinforced recently by a tasting in New York of 11 vintages of Muga Prado Enea, one of the great gran reservas still produced. These graceful, elegant wines captivate both sensually — their polished textures feel so good in the mouth that you are drawn irresistibly to the next sip — and intellectually, by almost demanding your attention as you seek out each elusive nuance.” – Eric Asimov, Chief Wine Critic, The New York Times

2010 MUGA RIOJA GRAN RESERVA PRADO ENEA
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “Tasted at the Rioja Railroad Wine Experience with Isaac Muga Palacin next to the benchmark 1994. It is clear the 2010 will reside alongside the 2004, 2001, 1995, 1994, and 1970. In a line-up that included some Rioja’s finest releases - from La Rioja Alta to Vina Pomal, the 2010 Muga Rioja Gran Reserva Prado Enea simply stood apart. And while texture and style are some of the common signatures of Muga, this expression was about showcasing the classic structure associated with the vintage. This does not come off as a modern interpretation, rather it has a rustic quality with the minerality of the wine taking center stage. At this point, the wine showcases red and black fruit, violets, herbs, crushed rocks, graphite, a touch of leather and smoke. The signature Muga texture and elegance will come with more time as this wine integrates. This is another MUST BUY expression from 2010.”

99 Points, James Suckling: “The wonderfully silky texture with an added juiciness is what makes this wine so very special. The flawless and seamless nature to the wine is so impressive that it takes your breath away. Plenty of beautiful fruit but what mouthfeel. Drink now and forever.”



2010 LA RIOJA ALTA RIOJA RESERVA SELECCIÓN ESPECIAL ‘VIÑA ARDANZA’
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “Tasted twelve times and have said it twelve times, what other wine delivers so much with old world charm that can appease the Spaniard, Burghead, Rhoñe Ranger, and Claret enthusiast at under $36? This is a collector wine for all enthusiasts, at every level! I have been preaching the classic 2010 vintage since the release of the Remelluri Gran Reserva, there is an extra layer of terruño and mineraliy that comes out in the wines I had the opportunity to sit down with winemaker Julio Saenz, who echoed this opinion. For Julio, in particular, he has not been this excited about a vintage since his inaugural 2001 release, as for the estate, they have not been this excited since the 1964. Appropriately enough, the Viña Ardanza has only been bottled as a Reserva Selección Especial in 1964 and 2001, as well as 1973 – just four times in 125+ years. For us, it is undoubtedly the finest expression since the 2004 and 2005 and is one of those rare wines that captivates today and will age for the next three decades. One pull of the cork and you are immediately transported to Haro and taken through the full flavor spectrum. Expect to find generous fruit and tertiary flavors - nuances of black cherry, strawberries, red and black currant, citrus, black tea, Asian spice, cherry pipe tobacco, sandalwood, and more. That is just the beginning – this is simply the greatest value in wine.”

95 Points, Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “2010 was a great vintage in Rioja in general and seems to be exceptional here, with a 2010 Viña Ardanza Selección Especial (what used to be Reserva Especial) that can challenge any of the recent vintages and hopefully can develop in bottle to reach the heights of years like 1973 or 1964. The wine is expressive, aromatic, very elegant and clean, with classical Rioja aromas of long aging in barrel and slow oxidation through the years in wood. The palate is polished and sleek but shows plenty of energy, with very fine, mostly resolved tannins and very good harmony and persistence. There is great complexity, and you could start smelling spice and smoke to move to earthy tones, hints of beef blood, cherries in liqueur, curry, diesel, old furniture and forest floor. A great Viña Ardanza!”



2010 REMELLURI RIOJA GRAN RESERVA GRANJA
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “This is one of the icons of Rioja and one of the most terroir driven Riojas we just do not see enough of anymore. And in the standout and classic vintage of 2010, this is one of the most structured Riojas we have tasted, offering the best of the old and new world, truly conveying a sense of place as the minerality and altitude (some of the highest in the region) from this special site scream through. It’s all about energy and freshness of fruit here, absent is the dill and pronounced oak notes that is present in many neighboring wines. There is a Calon Segur like structure to the wine underneath the ripe, generous and chewy fruit. With aeration this wine reveals nuances of black cherry, macerated strawberry, citrus, plum, red licorice, dried flowers, herbs, and balsamic. It teases today and offers tremendous age-ability. This is one of the most striking Rioja Gran Reservas we have tasted in the past two years.”

98 Points, James Suckling: “Complex aromas of hazelnuts, dried flowers, dark fruits and stones. Subtle. Full-bodied, chewy and structured. Fills your mouth. An age-worthy wine that harkens back to the great Rioja of the 1940s and 1950s. Available in 2016.”



2010 MURRIETA CASTILLO DE YGAY RIOJA GRAN RESERVA ESPECIAL
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “Delisioso. Tasted two times and from the classic and vaunted vintage of 2010, this is one of the highly-anticipated releases from Rioja, as we do not see much of this Gran Reserva in the US. The historic Castillo Ygay is always made from grapes sourced from La Plana single-vineyard, planted in 1950 and located on a plateau at the highest point of Finca Ygay, at nearly 500 meters above sea level. In the cooler and more classic 2010 vintage the Ygay Gran Reserva is a more finessed and energetic expression. The aromatics on this wine jump across the table and scream Spain. There is a purity of fruit that meets the savory side of Spain and you can expect to find, red and black fruit, dried berries, Asian spices, chalky minerality, tomato leaf, red fruit, herbs, it’s all packed in. Serious wine at another level. With its awesome depth, this is a wine that can please the Burghead, the ardent Bordeaux collector, and Rhône Ranger. And while traditional, it is not as extreme as Lopez. Old school wine enthusiasts will fall in love with this wine.”

97 Points, Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “I had very high expectations for the 2010 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial, and the wine delivered as expected. 2010 was one of the finest vintages in Rioja in recent years, and this blend of Tempranillo with 15% Mazuelo (Cariñena) has to be one of the finest modern day Castillo de Ygays. The grapes come from a plot planted in 1966 at 485 meters in altitude, the highest in the estate. It has greatness and finesse and is a very attractive wine with all the stuffing and balance that is needed for a long (and positive) aging in bottle. This is going to develop in the direction of the classical bottlings from yesteryear. This is one of the finest modern day vintages of Castillo Ygay.”

Should you have any questions on these exciting wines, or would like to take advantage of this offer while supplies last, we are asking that you email orders back to me at chris.deas@italianwinemerchants.com , connect with your portfolio manager or mention receipt of this offer if calling the store. All orders are subject to confirmation.

All my best,
Chris