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Ramon Bilbao Rioja Crianza 2013

External Review by We Speak Wine:

Winemaking: Grapes are closely monitored during the growing cycle and picked at their optimal ripeness, leading to consistent quality across the range. Another key to the process is the separate fermentation of each estate and the final blending before aging. The grapes are fermented at temperatures of up to 84⁰F to gently extract color from the skins. Vintage Notes: Unusual weather influenced the growing cycle. Heavy spring rains and low temperatures delayed the growing season and resulted in uneven ripening times. Fortunately, the risk posed by the two to three week delay was offset by prevailing good weather in September and October. Selective, staggered grape picking allowed the grapes to be harvested as they reached appropriate ripeness. Tasting Notes: Ruby red with some signs of youth in the form of violet hues. Medium intensity aromas of fresh dark fruit like blackberries and black currants accompanied with hints of licorice. It is clean and bright on the palate with pleasant flavors of vanilla, cinnamon sticks, and wild herbs. pH: 3.5 RS: 2.0 g/L TA: 5.8 g/L Alc.: 13.5%

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Bodegas Ramón Bilbao:
Bodegas Ramón Bilbao was established in 1924 by wine trader Ramón Bilbao Murga in the Rioja region of Spain. The wines were produced in the traditional aged style of the region and continued to be successful throughout generations of the Bilbao family. In 1972, the winery was sold to corporate owners, but ones who are committed to preserving the integrity and traditions of the ... Read more
Bodegas Ramón Bilbao was established in 1924 by wine trader Ramón Bilbao Murga in the Rioja region of Spain. The wines were produced in the traditional aged style of the region and continued to be successful throughout generations of the Bilbao family. In 1972, the winery was sold to corporate owners, but ones who are committed to preserving the integrity and traditions of the wines. Today, the wines are still produced using modern technology with respect for classic styles and characteristics.  Read less

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External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
08/15/2017

Winemaking: Grapes are closely monitored during the growing cycle and picked at their optimal ripeness, leading to consistent quality across the range. Another key to the process is the separate fermentation of each estate and the final blending before aging. The grapes are fermented at temperatures of up to 84⁰F to gently extract color from the skins. Vintage Notes: Unusual weather influenced the growing cycle. Heavy spring rains and low temperatures delayed the growing season and resulted in uneven ripening times. Fortunately, the risk posed by the two to three week delay was offset by prevailing good weather in September and October. Selective, staggered grape picking allowed the grapes to be harvested as they reached appropriate ripeness. Tasting Notes: Ruby red with some signs of youth in the form of violet hues. Medium intensity aromas of fresh dark fruit like blackberries and black currants accompanied with hints of licorice. It is clean and bright on the palate with pleasant flavors of vanilla, cinnamon sticks, and wild herbs. pH: 3.5 RS: 2.0 g/L TA: 5.8 g/L Alc.: 13.5%



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