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Bodegas Ramon Bilbao Mirto 2005

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750ML / 14% ABV
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750ML / 14% ABV

Winemaker Notes

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.

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
WS 93
Wine Spectator
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.
W&S 93
Wine & Spirits
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.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
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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Bodegas Ramon Bilbao, Spain
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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.

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Hailed as the star red variety in Spain’s most celebrated wine region, Tempranillo from Rioja, or simply labeled, “Rioja,” produces elegant wines with complex notes of red and black fruit, crushed rock, leather, toast and tobacco, whose best examples are fully capable of decades of improvement in the cellar.

Rioja wines are typically a blend of fruit from its three sub-regions: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental, although specific sub-region (zonas), village (municipios) and vineyard (viñedo singular) wines can now be labeled. Rioja Alta and Alavesa, at the highest elevations, are considered to be the source of the brightest, most elegant fruit, while grapes from the warmer and drier, Rioja Oriental, produce wines with deep color, great body and richness.

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