Ramon Bilbao Gran Reserva Rioja 2011
A blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano. A deep ruby red, with bonfire aromas followed by stewed fruit and spices on the palate. Well structured and harmonious on the finish.
Bodegas Ramón Bilbao was founded in 1926 by Ramón Bilbao Murga, an experienced wine trader who had been selling wine since 1896 from premises at Calle Las Cuevas in Haro. Bilbao was a forward-looking grape grower and a pioneer in the art of ageing. The winery was handed down from one generation to the next until the year 1966, when Ramón Bilbao Pozo, last of the descendants, died. In 1972 the business was converted into a corporation with new shareholders, and new facilities were built, also in Haro. The new company wished to continue the work of its founder, and concentrated on making aged wines. In 1999, the family business of Diego Zamora, S.A., one of the largest beverage groups in Spain and owner of the well-known brand Licor 43, acquired the winery and began a new venture, renovating and adapting existing facilities. The development of top-quality wines, together with innovation while respecting the purest Riojan tradition represented by the history of the wines of Ramón Bilbao, are the trademark of this emblematic company in Rioja Alta. The philosophy that inspires the work carried out at the winery is the same philosophy that has prevailed, generation after generation, turning the men and women who work at our bodega into true experts in the art of ageing wines: grapes from the best estates and vineyards, casks made of the best oak from European and American forests, and all of this enhanced by the care and know-how of people who love wine above all else.
Ruby-red with a brick-red rim in colour. The bouquet shows great complexity with mountain herb and exotic spice aromas. Mineral and stewed fruit notes appear, assembled with toasted touches of noble woods. On the palate it gives elegant and lively tannins with a complex and harmonious result. Clear notes of tobacco and cocoa over a fruit and mineral background. Very persistent.
The 2010 vintage was awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter in their March 2019 edition review of 2010 Riojas.
The 2010 vintage was also awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter in their March 2017 edition review of Premium Rioja.