Ramon Bilbao Limited Edition 2012

$17.99
Rioja, Spain
PLCB Code#  49455
 
Intense dark cherry-red with a garnet rim. Complex aromas to the nose, redolent of prunes in liqueur, ripe blackberries and fine, exotic woods like sandalwood. Elegant and voluptuous in the mouth, with considerable persistence and a pleasant mineral finish.
Winemaker’s Notes
 
Floral and spice notes accent black cherry, dried fig and dark chocolate flavors in this expressive red. Chewy tannins and balsamic acidity provide structure. Racy and a bit rustic. Drink now through 2022. 24,500 cases made.
–TM
86 Points Wine Spectator Web Only 2015
 
Port-like aromas of dark fruit and leather.  there is lots of ripe tart raspberries and blueberries firm tannins and good acidity on the finish.  Very nice big Rioja, but a little too tannic at this time.  It may improve with a few years of aging.
89 Points Bob’s Bulletin

The grapes come from a vineyard 2000 feet above sea level in the Haro district of the Rioja Alta.  Selected grape clusters fermented in French oak vats and aged for 14 months in 80% French and 20% American oak barriques, 5% new and 50% second use.

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