Recently, I reviewed the 2012 Cardinale. In one of the last paragraphs, I mentioned: “There may be one downside however; I can hear my daughter saying that I’m drinking her inheritance!” To which she replied: “So stop drinking it!”
This is important as I just returned from a visit with her. Even more important was that as soon as I touched down and was picked up at the airport, the first thing she and I did, even before going to her abode, I could almost call it an adobe since she’s in Arizona, is we HAD to stop at a VERY LARGE liquor store, a name a lot of people have seen. I called it Nirvana!
Got me thinking; what if I bought some of the same wines that I now have in my cellar for drinking with her while visiting? That would allow her to try some of those “fancy pants wines” and I would still be able to open them when I wanted upon my return. Sounds like sound and perfectly logical reasoning. And it was!
We both love big reds, so I decided that a good Napa Cab and maybe something a little more “Old Worldish” would be apropos. The subject of this particular post is that “Old World” wine.
Bodegas Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2010
Carrying a whopping 99 Point score from one reviewer and others in the same range, this, I knew, was one of those “fancy pants” wines I had not yet even tried but bought sight unseen due to the reviews. From the oohs and aahs as we drank, I think we were both VERY impressed.
My daughter is a recipient of my fantastic cooking skills as well, from the likes of “Chez Don” we had also settled on our favorite meal; Chateaubriand. Okay, beef tenderloin, but I cooked it as a whole piece then sliced thin for presentation, hence Chateaubriand. The side dishes didn’t matter! Good but lost to the main dish.
This suburb wine is a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha and the remaining 10% between Mazuelo and Graciano, from the cooler, higher-altitude vineyard, Villalba de Rioja on the south-facing slope of the Montes Obarenes of Spain. One of Muga’s flagship wines, it is only produced in exceptional years. Fermented in large American Oak vats for a year and then aged in smaller 100% French Oak barrels for a period of three more years before being bottled and allowed to age yet another 36 months in the bottle. This medium to full-bodied wine is alive and vibrant, a rustic black fruit quality with a touch of lighter (almost cherry) tonalities that balance with the tannins that provide a depth of flavor and slight spice-driven finish. It made it difficult to put down. Glad we had a second bottle, the Cab (review coming soon) to help get us through the meal.
One of my cellar wines down, and without my having to worry about drinking my daughter’s inheritance, I could enjoy the experience and, more importantly, the time with my daughter.
“Wine Number Two” coming soon, so watch for a very recognizable Napa Cab to be gracing your computer, laptop, tablet, or phone (choose one).