(From 2008 Vintage) The charming town of Haro in Northern Spain’s Rioja region is home to Bodegas Ramón Bilbao. The vineyard’s Ramón Bilbao Reserva—a garnet-hued blend of 90 percent Tempranillo and 10 percent Mazuelo and Graciano grapes—is aged in oak for 20 months, giving it balsamic and tobacco notes over a background of chocolate and coconut. Full bodied with a vivid acidity, this complex red gives a lingering finish of cigar box, fruit preserve, spices, licorice, and leather. Pair it with spicy dishes, like curries, red meats and cured cheeses.
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Ruby red. Smoky cherry and red berries on the nose, with complicating notes of tobacco, leather and cured meat. A bit rustic but offers sweet red fruit flavors and good back-end lift. The firm finish offers a lingering note of bitter cherry skin. This needs a hunk of lamb.
Awesome aroma. Like a sweet, light berry overtone. Very crisp and clean aroma. Taste is firm but has a soft plum like finish.
light to med body. Notes of vanilla oak with slight tannic astrjngency.