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Date Printed: 5/23/2015
Bodegas Ramon Bilbao Reserva 2001
Bodegas Ramon Bilbao Reserva 2001
(search item no. 92282)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 5/23/2015: $17.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Wine & Spirits Top 100 of 2007!

At the estates of La Recilla, Valdegaru, Ozaku and La Olivera, the soil, the sun and the rain create this exceptional wine, which assumes its final shape after blending. It is a wine with the know-how and flavour of a great Rioja Alta wine.

Intense cherry-red with a bright rim. Predominating nose of cocoa, coffee and cigar box aromas blending into notes of stewed fruit. Well-integrated, characterful tannins in the mouth that slowly lead to hints of cedar and ripe red fruit. The finish brings back toasty notes from the wood, such as cedar, enhanced by a light, pleasant hint of roast chestnuts.

"The modern style of this wine is apparent right from the vibrant color, both deep and bright. But rather than coming across as a fruit bomb, this wine offers a contemporary take on the earthier side of Rioja. It has a floral scent, like rosehips, and a firm, zesty feel. For now, the extraordinary length is more about earth than fruit, but there's a controlled intensity to the structure that predicts a long evolution ahead."
-Wines & Spirits 93/100

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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.