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Characteristics of Ramón Bilbao Crianza
Ramón Bilbao Crianza is a classic Rioja wine made by Bodegas Ramon Bilbao, a winery that has more than a century of history.
It was founded in 1924 by Don Ramón Bilbao Murga, although since 1896, Don Ramón ran a small winery in Haro selling his first wines. Ramón Bilbao Crianza is a varietal wine made from Tempranillo grapes, a typical variety of La Rioja, from various fields.
The grapes are harvested at their peak of ripeness by being monitored, which takes place throughout the cycle.
The grapes are destemmed and each plot is fermented separately at a controlled temperature of 28-29ºC.
The wine is run off quickly once the desired colour is achieved. Ramón Bilbao Crianza is aged for 14-months in American oak barrels. Once it has finished aging, it spends 8 months in bottle before going to market.
Ramón Bilbao Crianza is a classic of La Rioja. Fruity, balanced and perfectly tuned due to the work done with the oak barrels.
Serve at 16ºC
We recommend decanting before consumption
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After a winter with normal temperatures and rainfall for D.O.Qa Rioja, high temperatures in spring and summer market his year, as well as the absence of rain at the most dangerous times for the vineyard. These factors led to very healthy vines, but the harvest was brought forward three weeks on average. As a result, this year was rated as a very good one in the area, with the only drawback of not reaching full ripeness. Therefore, the wines from this vintage are those typical from Rioja, with a slightly higher alcoholic strength and a good balance between acidity and ripening.
It was a fairly balanced year until the harvest season arrived. The beginning of the cycle, in October, started with high temperatures, and it was not until mid-November that the first frosts began and the leaves of the vines began to fall to prepare for winter. Throughout the winter, rainfall was generous and water reserves could be secured for the growth cycle period. During the months of March and April, there was an increase in temperatures that led to the good sprouting of the plant. The growth cycle of the vines was suitable, and the sudden rise of temperatures resulted in quite a fast blooming. There was an optimal growth of the fruit, until the harvest season, when rains damaged the state of the grapes and caused a drop in production. This is a good vintage, but the last rains damaged the final result. The wines are good and can be drunk in the short- and mid-term, they have a medium body and material.
This vintage was marked by a very rainy and cold spring just at the time of the growth cycle. This fact caused it to ripen unevenly and with a certain delay. Thanks to a fairly dry September and October, the grapes that ripened with a certain delay were harvested in a selective manner. A complicated vintage, but with good results since there was an exhaustive selection of the grapes. A good balance between concentration and acidity in their youth define the wines from this vintage.
SightDark cherry red, almost garnet.NoseOn the nose, there are notes of wood. Coco and pepper appear on a nice background of black fruits with balsamic.TasteThe taste is fresh and harmonious. It is very fruity. A medium passage with good acidity and tannins present.
SightNot very intense ruby colour with maroon reflections. Clean and very bright with fine tears on the glass.NoseCorrect intensity, with aromas of red and black fruit intermixed with oak, toast, cocoa and coffee. Elegant balsamic background.TasteA very balanced, medium-bodied Rioja wine. Very tasty, covering the palate in fruit with a slighty alcoholic touch. Smooth and silky texture. Good acidity and a long finish of good persistence.
SightNot very intense red ruby colour with maroon reflections. Clean and very bright wine with thin tears.NoseCorrect intensity nasal aromas among which the notes of red and black fruit stand out mixed with aromas of oak, cocoa, coffee and toasted notes. Elegant balsamic background.TasteA highly balanced, medium-bodied Rioja wine with a tasty mid palate. The notes of fruit are noticed again along with a light touch of liquor. Long, mellow and silky mid palate. Good acidity and long and persistent finish. An easy-drinking and pleasant wine.
SightIntense red cherry colour with almost scarlet reflections. Very bright and clean wine with abundant thin tears.NoseVery good aromatic intensity. Its very expressive notes of black fruit and creamy oak get mixed with strong toasted notes, cocoa and coffee. Elegant balsamic and slightly mineral background.TasteA very balanced, full-bodied Rioja wine with a very tasty and serious mid palate. The notes of fruit with a light touch of liquor are felt again wrapped in very creamy aromas. Long, soft and silky mid palate with an excellent acidity and a long finish with a good persistence.
An easy-drinking and pleasant wine.
SightRed cherry colour with thin violet edges. Clean and bright. Abundant tears that stain the glass. NoseIts intense aromas of ripe black fruit dominate the nose. Its notes of sweet spices, elegant toasted hints and chocolate and milky touches round out this wine.TasteVery tasty wine, with a velvety and soft mid palate. Its notes of ripe fruit are released along with very well integrated harmonious toasted arômas and with very creamy hints. Good acidity. Lightly astringent wine with a good finish that leaves spicy and balsamic feelings which provide a great final freshness. An easy-drinking, pleasant and correct wine.
SightBright ruby red with a good robe.NoseIn the nose, this wine offers intense aromas of ripe wild berries accompanied by balsamic notes, with a subtle background of vanilla, pepper and bay leaf. Taste
It is fresh and friendly in the palate. The clear flavours of noble wood assembled with ripe fruit noticed in the nose appear again in the palate. Tasty, balanced and velvety mid palate. Lingering and spicy aftertaste. Long finish.
SightBright cherry red color with a good layer.NoseThe nose offers intense aromas of ripe black fruit accompanied by balsámics touch, which can be found in many red wines from Rioja, and with a memory spicy coconut and licorice.TasteIt is fresh and pleasant in the mouth with a noticeable texture where the smokey and fruit assembled nuances reappear. Long and enfolding finish.
Rioja is one of the most important areas of wine production in the world. It has a long history, and exceptional soils and climates. From the Tempranillo and Grenache varieties they make great red wines that are masterfully aged which demonstrates the experience passed from generation to generation.
Ramón Bilbao offers that analytical profile, capable of becoming positive, provided we can see the basic reasons that have lead to its maintenance and success for more than 80 years. Since then, this winery remains static in time, but the curious and refreshing personality of its wines have always combined perfectly with respect for tradition and the use of the most innovative technology.