Rioja Reserva Magnum, Ramón Bilbao
Spain – 2014
Tasting Note: Lovely garnet colour with medium-high depth of colour. Clear and bright. When the glass is twirled you can see its legs. Sumptuous and classical in style with good use of American oak. Aromas of blackberries, cedar, leather and spices. Good balance on the palate with a long finish.
Food Matching: This wine pairs perfectly with international cuisine (curried dishes and spicy dishes) or traditional food such as red meats, game and mature cheeses.
Vineyard: The 2011 growth cycle, although with some drought areas, had a very favourable weather which allowed for optimum vegetative and sanitary conditions until the end of the cycle. The limited vineyard production for this vintage has made it possible for this year to be classified as one of the best three in the last 30 years.
Vinification: Only the right blending is appropriate to age for a long period in oak cask in order to gain longevity with a slow and fulfililling evolution in the bottle. 20 months of ageing in American oak casks a lot of which is 2nd or 3rd fill to allow the fruit to talk.
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