Day: December 25, 2016

Books On My Wish List At This Date

  1. Real Tigers by Mick Herron

  2. A Straits Settlement by Brian Stoddart

  3. Then She Was Gone by Luca Veste

  4. Dodgers by Bill Beverly

  5. After You Die by Eva Dolan

  6. A Suitable Lie by Michael J. Malone

  7. The Trespasser by Tana French

  8. A Fine Line by Gianrico Carofiglio, tr.: Howard Curtis

  9. Even the Dead by Benjamin Black

  10. Icarus by Deon Meyer, tr.:  K. L. Seegers

  11. A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee

  12. The Quiet Death of Thomas Quaid by Craig Russell

  13. The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly

  14. A Climate of Fear by Fred Vargas, tr.: Sian Reynolds

30 Books I’ve Not Had Time To Read This Year

Sadly I’ve not had time to read during this year (in no particular order)

  1. Tell no Tales by Eva Dolan
  2. The Sussex Downs Murder by John Bude
  3. No Other Darkness (D.I. Marnie Rome 2) by Sarah Hilary
  4. A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn
  5. Dead Pretty (DS Aector McAvoy) by David Mark
  6. The Blue Room by Georges Simenon, trans: Linda Coverdale
  7. The Bride Wore Black by Cornell Woolrich
  8. The G File (The Van Veeteren Series) by Hakan Nesser, trans: Laurie Thompson
  9. Dead Lions by Mick Herron
  10. A Madras Miasma (A superintendent Le Fanu Mystery) by Brian Stoddart
  11. Shadow of the Rock by Thomas Mogford
  12. The Abrupt Physics of Dying by Paul E. Hardisty
  13. The Dying Place by Luca Veste
  14. A Death in Summer by Benjamin Black
  15. The Drowned Boy by Karin Fossum
  16. The Late Monsieur Gallet by Georges Simenon
  17. Crush by Fréderick Dard
  18. Rather Be the Devil by Ian Rankin
  19. A Deadly Thaw by Sarah Ward
  20. Miss Terry by Liza Cody
  21. The Secret Place by Tana French
  22. Past Tense by Margot Kinberg
  23. Outsider in Amsterdam by Janwillem Van
  24. The Two O’Clock Boy by Mark Hill
  25. Three Weeks Dead by Rebecca Bradley
  26. Made to Be Broken by Rebecca Bradley
  27. The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett
  28. Paradime by Alan Glynn
  29. Black Run by Antonio Manzini
  30. Thin Ice by Quentin Bates

OT: Ramón Bilbao Viñedos de Altura 2013

  • 20161224_220041-1Winery: 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
  • Technical Director: Rodolfo Bastida
  • Website: http://www.bodegasramonbilbao.es/en/
  • Brand: Ramón Bilbao Viñedos de Altura
  • DO: DOCa Rioja
  • Type: Red Crianza.
  • Vintage: 2013
  • Alcohol: 14.00%
  • Grape Variety: Original blend made with 50% Tempranillo and 50% Garnacha sourced from vineyards located 80km apart: Villalba in Rioja Alta and Tudelilla, in Rioja Baja lying at an altitude of 700 and 650 metres respectively.
  • Vineyards: The two grape varieties used are vinified separately. Despite the distance between the two towns where the vineyards lie, their similar altitude makes their harvest time coincide. Only the best clusters pass the sorting process on the selection table, which means that only the choicest fruit reaches the fermentation tanks.Malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels in which aging on the lees will follow. The aging of the 2013 vintage, in 240 barrels, lasted 15 months and resulted in 64,580 0,75-cl bottles.
  • Soil Type: Calcareous-clay soils in Villalba (Rioja Alta) and ferrous (or ferruginous) clay soils in Tudelilla (Rioja Baja)
  • Bottle Size: 75.0 cl.
  • Price: Available at 13.55 €, at  the winery website, but can be found at more competitive prices at some specialised online shops.
  • My wine rating: 95/100 (A wine of distinction) NEW!

A superb wine, at a very competitive price and extremely original.