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Ramón Bilbao Crianza

Ramón Bilbao Crianza
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A classic of the Rioja’s Crianzas

Ramón Bilbao Crianza
Red wine Crianza. 14 months in American oak barrels.
Variety: Tempranillo
Designation of Origin: D.O.Ca. Rioja
Production area: La Rioja
Volume: 75 cl., Magnum
Alcohol: 13.5%
Red wine Crianza. 14 months in American oak barrels.
Variety: Tempranillo
D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)
Volume: 75 cl., Magnum
Alcohol: 13.5%
Fruity
Spicy
Young
Barrel
Light
Body

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 16.0ºC
Contains sulphites
We recommend decanting before consumption
Pairing
Semi-mature Cheese, Grilled red meats, Game birds, Cold meat, Blue fish, Mushrooms, Roasts, Beans and pulses

Tasting notes Ramón Bilbao Crianza

This vintage, rated as "Very Good", was characterized by the hard frost that occurred when the vegetative cycle was beginning in mid-April, and by the subsequent drought. Except for these two weather events, the year passed normally, with the vintage displaying a perfect health status in the last phase of the cycle. The wines of this vintage are characterized by having a somewhat higher average graduation than 2016, with a very good aging capacity and a high percentage of fine and very identifiable wines.
High summer temperatures define this vintage. After a mild winter with very little rainfall, spring began with a great deal of rain, which provided favourable conditions for the growth cycle of the vines. During the summer, they experienced very high temperatures and the absence of rain, which resulted in very healthy vines. As a general result, this was a balanced year, where the final absence of rains led to a good concentration of grapes. This year is noted for a vintage with volume that can be enjoyed as a young wine.
After a winter with normal temperatures and rainfall for D.O.Ca 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.
Sight Dark cherry red, almost garnet. Nose On the nose, there are notes of wood. Coco and pepper appear on a nice background of black fruits with balsamic. Taste The taste is fresh and harmonious. It is very fruity. A medium passage with good acidity and tannins present.
Sight Not very intense ruby colour with maroon reflections. Clean and very bright with fine tears on the glass. Nose Correct intensity, with aromas of red and black fruit intermixed with oak, toast, cocoa and coffee. Elegant balsamic background. Taste A 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.
Sight Not very intense red ruby colour with maroon reflections. Clean and very bright wine with thin tears. Nose Correct 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. Taste A 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.
Sight Intense red cherry colour with almost scarlet reflections. Very bright and clean wine with abundant thin tears. Nose Very 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. Taste A 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.
Sight Red cherry colour with thin violet edges. Clean and bright. Abundant tears that stain the glass.
Nose Its 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. Taste Very 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.
Sight Bright ruby red with a good robe. Nose In 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.

Sight Bright cherry red color with a good layer. Nose The 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. Taste It is fresh and pleasant in the mouth with a noticeable texture where the smokey and fruit assembled nuances reappear. Long and enfolding finish.

Ratings

  • Peñin 91
  • Decántalo 90
  • Peñin 88
  • Decántalo 90
  • Peñin 88
  • Decántalo 88
  • Winespectator 87
  • Decántalo 88
  • Decántalo 87
  • Parker 86
  • Peñin 88
  • Decántalo 80
  • Peñin 88

Prizes

Gold Medal Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
Dallas Morning WC 2013, Silver Medal
Mundus Vini 2012, Silver Medal

Ratings for the vintages from D.O.Ca. Rioja

2017 Very good
2016 Very good
2015 Very good
2014 Good
2013 Good
2012 Very good
2011 Excellent
2010 Excellent
2009 Very good
2008 Very good
2007 Very good
2006 Very good
2005 Excellent
2004 Excellent
2003 Good
2002 Good
2001 Excellent
2000 Good
1999 Good
1998 Very good
1997 Good
1996 Very good
1995 Excellent
1994 Excellent
1993 Good
1992 Good
1991 Very good
1990 Good
1989 Good
1988 Good
1987 Very good
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    10/09/20 Ramón Bilbao Crianza 2016 I have not tasted the wine from todays delivery yet. Too early - will allow it to rest for a couple of days. We had this wine at a restaurant and liked it.
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    05/09/20 Ramón Bilbao Crianza 2016 A good wine, great flavour
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    29/05/20 Ramón Bilbao Crianza 2016 Drink this wine at Bath rugby great for the price
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    27/05/20 Ramón Bilbao Crianza 2016 Good wine, good body, full favour
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    09/05/20 Ramón Bilbao Crianza 2016 Beautiful fruity red which was great with my steak
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    22/01/20 Ramón Bilbao Crianza 2016 not actually tried this one yet but all the other wines we have had from ramon bilbao have been fantastic
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    18/09/19 Ramón Bilbao Crianza 2016 Lo bebo asiduamente en España
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    23/03/18 Ramón Bilbao Crianza 2015 Good wine everything nice and okay
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    11/06/17 Ramón Bilbao Crianza 2014 Got this wine on holiday in our favourite bodegas never thought we would manage to get it in the UK well done DECANTALO
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