Ramon Bilbao Edición Limitada Crianza has rich aromas of black fruit and inviting black pepper and spicy notes on the nose, coupled with complex aromas of cocoa and chocolate mingled with oak hints. Intense black and damson flavours develop with a silky warmth and combine with liquorice nuances and toasty oak. This is a full-flavoured, complex Rioja Crianza. It has a velvety mouthfeel, ripe tannins coupled with excellent structure, balance and brilliant length; Ramon Bilbao Edición Limitada Crianza offers a different and more opulent style of Rioja, which retains an elegance at the same time.
It is fermented in oak vats and then aged in selected 225 litre French oak barricas for 14 months. This is made in the same way as Ramon Bilbao’s top wine Mirto and although this is a traditional method (ie without any use of stainless steel) the result is an ambitious, modern style, rich Rioja. It is made from hand-picked, hand-selected Tempranillo grapes from 30 + years old vines from a single vineyard area in Ávalos at 650 metres in the Rioja Alta. The result is a wine that is close to a top Reserva in style; it is from the very good vintage of 2015 and is drinking well now but will continue to develop and has the capacity to age gracefully, with careful cellaring.
Ramon Bilbao is a well-established family-run Bodega of medium size in Haro, in Rioja Alta. They make mainly Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva Wines. However, they also make three wines with more individual styles – Edicion Limitada Crianza, Viñedos de Altura Crianza and a high-end wine “Mirto”.
“This intensely coloured Tempranillo is sourced from sources as diverse as Cuzcurrita, Labastida, Ábalos and Briones and aged in new wood. Liquorice and blackberry flavours dominate on the palate with some mocha oak, fresh acidity and deftly extracted tannins.” 93 Points – Drink 2019 – 2026: Tim Atkin MW Special Report Rioja 2019
Food match: Roasted meats; Lamb has a particular affinity with Rioja Crianza