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We Speak Wine USD 11.95 750ml

Ramon Bilbao Rioja Crianza 2015

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VARIETY: 100% Tempranillo 2015 HARVEST: The 2015 harvest was one of the earliest in recent decades. The meteorological conditions enabled the plants to develop perfectly during the vegetative cycle. A cold winter with steady rain provided our vineyards with sufficient water resources for the whole year. The spring was cool which favoured good budding and good quality clusters to develop. A warm summer especially July which was the hottest on record in the Rioja. September and October brought steady rainfall which helped complete the physiological and phenolic development and the good health of the plants. WINEMAKING AND AGEING: Ramón Bilbao Crianza is the safe bet, the secret lies in closely monitoring each plot throughout the cycle and harvesting each plot at the optimal moment. Another key process is the separate fermentation of each lot and the final assemblage of the wines prior to ageing and in each racking. Fermentation temperatures are controlled, up to 28-29°C and racking is performed in a timely manner once it has been observed that the colour (anthocyanin and tannin) extraction has reached optimal levels. TASTING NOTES: Garnet red colour, clean and bright with tears. In the nose, the wine displays medium intensity, frank with aromas of fresh black fruit, liquorice and sweet notes of ageing such as nutmeg, cinnamon and patisserie. In the mouth it is intense, medium acidity, integrated tannins and medium-bodied. The aftertaste recalls black fruit and woody aromas. Harmony, balance and ready to consume. SERVICE AND PAIRING: Best served between 16° C and 18° C. Perfect for white meats, medium-cured cheeses and tapas.

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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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Source: We Speak Wine
11/13/2018

VARIETY: 100% Tempranillo 2015 HARVEST: The 2015 harvest was one of the earliest in recent decades. The meteorological conditions enabled the plants to develop perfectly during the vegetative cycle. A cold winter with steady rain provided our vineyards with sufficient water resources for the whole year. The spring was cool which favoured good budding and good quality clusters to develop. A warm summer especially July which was the hottest on record in the Rioja. September and October brought steady rainfall which helped complete the physiological and phenolic development and the good health of the plants. WINEMAKING AND AGEING: Ramón Bilbao Crianza is the safe bet, the secret lies in closely monitoring each plot throughout the cycle and harvesting each plot at the optimal moment. Another key process is the separate fermentation of each lot and the final assemblage of the wines prior to ageing and in each racking. Fermentation temperatures are controlled, up to 28-29°C and racking is performed in a timely manner once it has been observed that the colour (anthocyanin and tannin) extraction has reached optimal levels. TASTING NOTES: Garnet red colour, clean and bright with tears. In the nose, the wine displays medium intensity, frank with aromas of fresh black fruit, liquorice and sweet notes of ageing such as nutmeg, cinnamon and patisserie. In the mouth it is intense, medium acidity, integrated tannins and medium-bodied. The aftertaste recalls black fruit and woody aromas. Harmony, balance and ready to consume. SERVICE AND PAIRING: Best served between 16° C and 18° C. Perfect for white meats, medium-cured cheeses and tapas.



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