B-21 Top Recommendation
I admire how the Spanish truly respect age, in people and in wine. It's one reason the Muga family cellars their wines so long and puts so much effort into making their own barrels. That's why I'm so close to them. The Mugas have been in Haro for at least three centuries and they care lovingly for their oldest Gran Reserva Rioja. They release a Prado Enea only when it's ripe, rich and ready to drink although you can cellar another 15 years or more. Perfect for me. This 2011 is a charmer; all those years in oak, new and old, harmonize the forest of berries, dark chocolate and wild herbs into a lusciously sleek wine... I'm lucky enough to see them in Haro. Everyone sees their amazing cooperage and endless cellars, but my favorite spot was much older. Juan Muga took us to a convent from the 1300s that is now the Los Augustinos Hotel with a very contemporary restaurant. Imagine sitting in the huge stone arches of a medieval cloister sampling Iberico ham and tempura asparagus with the best Mugas and the other favorite drink of modern Spain: table-side goblets of gin and tonic.