OT: Ramón Bilbao Reserva 2010

This is the second wine that I’m bringing to your attention from this winery, and it won’t be the last. My post on Ramón Bilbao Crianza 2012 is here. 20160221_141507

  • Winery: Ramón Bilbao Vinos y Viñedos. Avda. Santo Domingo 34, 26220, Haro. La Rioja (España – Spain). The winery was founded in 1924; however, around 1896 Don Ramón Bilbao Muga had already sold their wines to a winery that was located on a street in Las Cuevas, Haro. In 1972, a few years after the death of the last descents of the Bilbao family, the winery was placed in the hands of the Lecanda family, founders of the legendary Vega Sicilia winery in Ribera del Duero, where they built new facilities, and thereby expanded their brand and focused on the production of crianza wines. In 1999 when the company Diego Zamora S.A., one of the most important groups of drinks in Spain, acquired Bodegas Ramón Bilbao, they began a process of modernisation and upgrading the facilities, which marked a new step and a big boost to the brand, achieving great recognition from the customers.
  • Phone: +34 941 310 295
  • Winemaker: Rodolfo Bastida
  • Website: www.ramonbilbao.es
  • Brand: Ramón Bilbao Reserva
  • DO: DOC Rioja
  • Type: Red Reserva wine. Carefully selected and vinified, the grapes were fermented and subjected to long macerations in order to increase the fruitiness and creaminess of the wine. Then they were drawn off, transferred into American oak barrels and fermented for a period of 20 months, then tapering the bottle for another 20 months before its exit to the market.
  • Vintage:  2010. This harvest was rated Excellent by the Governing Body of the Rioja Protected and Qualified Designation of Origin.  
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Grape Variety: 90% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo and Graciano
  • Vineyards: Grapes coming from four exceptional estates (La Recilla, Valdegaru, Ozaku and La Olivera) located in the Rioja Alta region. 
  • Soil Type: From the fertile alluvial soils near the river to the limestone bedrock in the hills, Rioja offers a wide spectrum of soil types, challenging growers to match the right clones and grape varieties to their site.
  • Bottle Size: 75.0 cl.
  • Price: Available at 9.79 €, at my local grocery shop.
  • My wine rating: 91/100 (A wine of outstanding or superior quality) NEW!

    20160221_141541 Ramón Bilbao Reserva 2010 is a great Rioja classic made by one of the most recognised wineries in La Rioja region. Following a traditional preparation, wise ‘coupage’ and aged for 20 months in American oak barrels, the result is a high quality wine with an excellent price/quality ratio.

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