This historic winery is currently owned and operated by Diego Zamora, S.A. one of the largest beverage groups in Spain. The winery in located in Haro, Rioja Alta and sources grapes from its own 75 hectares of vineyards, located in Haro and neighboring regions and from other growers with whom it has been working for many years. The winery produces 300,000+ cases annually of a variety of Tempranillo-based wines of very good to excellent quality. Since we lasted visited Ramón Bilbao over five years ago, the quality of the wines has shown noteworthy improvement. Importer: Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits, White Plains, NY
The International Wine Review will visit Rioja in 2014 to prepare an update of its previous Report #12 The Wines of Rioja: Classical and New Wave.
Ramon Bilbao 2010 Crianza Tempranillo Rioja ($13) 88 The 2010 Crianza offers aromas of fresh dark plum and a hint of oak. Aged in American oak 14 months, it is soft on the palate with spicy dark berry fruit, toasted oak, firm dry tannins and a long finish. A fine everyday wine.
Ramon Bilbao 2008 Limited Edition (Crianza) Rioja ($17) 89 The 2008 Limited Edition is a delicious wine. It reveals a medium ruby color and lovely aromas of dark red berry fruit and toast. Aged in French oak 14 months, it is soft and elegant on the palate with rich and flavorful plum fruit and toasted oak. Beautifully balanced and fresh tasting, it reveals soft firm tannins and a long fresh finish.
Ramon Bilbao 2008 Reserva Rioja ($20) 89+ The 2008 Reserva is a blend of 90% Tempranillo with small amounts of Granciano and Mazuelo. It exhibits a dark ruby color and aromas of dark plum fruit and hints of smoke and earth. Aged for 20 months in American oak, it is ripe, spicy and concentrated on the palate with a core of earthy red fruit flavors, round firm tannins and a light dry finish.
Ramon Bilbao 2005 Gran Reserva Rioja ($25) 90+ The 2005 Gran Reserva exhibits a lovely dark ruby color and aromas of dark cherry and plum. Still quite youthful, it exhibits spicy dark berry fruit on the palate with toast oak, a soft texture and good concentration of flavor. Aged for 30+ months in American oak, it is medium bodied, with firm rounded tannins and a persistent finish.
Mike Potashnik and Don Winkler December, 2013