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Date Printed: 9/19/2014
Bodegas Ramon Bilbao Gran Reserva 1998
Bodegas Ramon Bilbao Gran Reserva 1998
(search item no. 95848)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ramon Bilbao's Gran Reserva 1998 features a tawny rim framing a lovely deep, ruby-red wine, with a dark cherry core. The aromas are very complex and open up after some airing, leading to balsamic fragrances, very ripe fruit and prominent quality wood. Leather and tobacco, with notes of fruits in liqueur, also appear. It has a well-balanced taste, with appreciable notes of cedar and coffee liqueur, leading to a long, persistent finish.

"This shares the rose-garden aromatics of Bilbao's 2001, a dark, earthy complexity joined here to a more delicate, gentle red. Oak age has turned the texture to velvet and contributed a range of spices, from cinnamon to cedar and licorice. Tightly built, this is suited to roast leg of lamb with rosemary, or to several more years of aging." -Wine & Spirits, Sept 2007

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About Bodegas Ramon Bilbao:

Our winery, which has recently celebrated its 75th anniversary, is undoubtedly one of the most emblematic in Rioja.

At Bodegas Ramon Bilbao we produce the highest quality matured wines, thus increasing both the Denominacion de Origin's and our founder's prestige. Our daily work is based on using the best prime materials, which we choose with the greatest care: grapes from the best estates and vineyards and barrels made of the best oak from European and American woods.

Our aim is to obtain the best matured wines so that you can enjoy a wine for drinking, savouring and tasting again.