Bodegas Ramon Bilbao Mirto 2005
Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Bright, opaque pomegranate color with purple hues. Aromas range from blackberries to smoked wood to toasted bread and nutmeg. Soft and elegant in the mouth, yet blunt and powerful. The wine develops in multiple layers, demonstrating the integration of the Tempranillo fruit and subtle oak ageing. It lingers on the palate, fresh and juicy, returning to the fruit of the first taste.
"Thick and rich, this red layers smoke and toast notes over ripe plum, blackberry, mineral and cola, an intriguing blend of sweet and earthy flavors. Though muscular, it remains fresh through the spicy finish. Quite oaky now, but should develop well."
"The 2005 Mirto de Ramon Bilbao is the bodega's nod to the newer international style. The grapes are all from 70+-year-old vineyards, most of them estate owned. Malolactic fermentation occurred in barrel with batonnage followed by 24 months in new Allier oak. The wine was then bottled without fining or filtration. Opaque purple-colored, it offers superb aromatics including aromas of wood smoke, toast, creosote, spice box, leather, and assorted black fruits. Smooth textured, elegant, yet powerful, this layered effort will evolve for 4-6 years and drink well through 2025."
The Wine Advocate
"Initially, this could pass for a full-bodied red from the New Spain. But only if you ignore the telltale scent of classic Rioja, minty, lamby and mushroomy in its earthiness. It's smooth and luscious, with energy coursing through the fruit and minerally tannin. And it brings to mind food, particularly tapas, roasted mushrooms and the salted, marbleized fat of a New York strip."
Wine & Spirits
"This is far and away the best Mirto of all time. It’s ripe and brawny, with bacon and black-fruit aromas that put it squarely into the Nuevo Classic mold. In the mouth, licorice and nutmeg flavors give character to smooth blackberry and dark plum flavors, while the finish is cushioned, herbal and long. Immediately appealing but with five to ten years of aging potential."
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(ree-OH-hah) This highly regarded area of Spain makes some of the best Tempranillo-based wines in the world. Once the only DOCa (recently joined by Priorat in 2001), Rioja is divided into 3 sub-regions: Rioja Baja, Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa. There are 4 red varieties and 3 white varieties allowed in the Rioja DOC. Tempranillo definitely takes center stage, followed by Garnacha...
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Grape that Reigns in Spain
Most often associated with Spain,
is the backbone of wines made in the well-known Spanish regions
del Duero. On the scale of light to heavy, Tempranillo lands towards the light
side. It tends to be higher in acid and lower in alcohol - common for Old World
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