This wonderful reserva Rioja is created from grapes selected from prime vineyards in the Rioja Alta, with 20 months of ageing in American oak casks as well as further ageing in the cellar. A blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo, it boasts a deep cherry red colour with aromas of blackberries, cedar, leather and spices. On the palate, there medium-body, great balance and an elegant mouthfeel, with flavours of prune, chocolate and stewed fruits before a long finish.
3 Point Summary
Bold aromas, beautifully balanced flavours and a long finish
Did you know..?
Joven, Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva are the ageing categories of Rioja wine.
90/100 - Decanter World Wine Awards 2017
Leg of Lamb with Apricot Stuffing and Mint Couscous
Serve at Temp
17 *C / 63 *F
TEMPRANILLO - Tempranillo is the basis of the finest red wines from Spain and Portugal but has also been successfully adopted in the New World. Deep in colour with moderate tannins, tempranillo offers a wide range of aromas and flavours ranging from strawberries, blackcurrants and cherries in younger wines from cooler regions, to prunes, chocolate and tobacco in aged wines from warmer climes.
BODEGAS RAMÓN BILBAO was founded in 1924 by Ramón Bilbao Murga in Haro. He was an experienced wine trader and a pioneer in the art of ageing. The winery stayed family owned until 1966, when Ramón Bilbao Pozo, last of the descendants, died. In 1999 the winery changed hands and was completely renovated, with new facilities installed along with a commitment to making top-quality wines that reflect innovation as well as the traditions of la Rioja Alta. Today, Ramón Bilbao produces fruit driven styles as well as oaky wines, coming from the best estates and vineyards and with oak barrels from the best European and American forests. In 2014 Ramón Bilbao was awarded the Best Spanish Winery prize in by the IWSC.
RIOJA, SPAIN - Arguably Spain's top wine region, Rioja is home to bright, berry-scented, barrel-aged red wines made from Tempranillo and Garnacha. Located in northern Spain, Rioja is bordered by the Cantabrian Mountains whose shelter provides relatively warm, dry conditions. Soils vary from place to place, with the finest containing high levels of limestone, and Graciano and Carignan are also prevalent in the region’s reds, the best of which are matured in new oak barrels. Rioja blanco is also now developing into a successful white wine variety.