Rodolfo Bastida, general and technical director at Ramon Bilbao introduces a portfolio of wines from four regions Rueda, Rias Baixas, Ribera del Duero and Rioja . Wine must be tasted, I highly recommed you give this collection your attention when doing your next weekly shop for dinner.
Ramon Bilbao Crianza
Ripe red cherries graced by a playful touch of toast and spice. This is a vibrant Tempranillo varietal that feels fresh and youthful.
Flavours of cinnamon and fresh blackberries with a hint of vanilla tease with medium intensity and moderate tannins. A pleasant go-to red to casually sip in between tapas.
Ramon Bilbao Reserva
Mostly Tempranillo, blended with a small proportion of Graciano and Mazuelo, this wine shows the intensity and focus of a young adult; ready to face the world but also capable of benefiting from two years’ experience.
Darker fruit, ripe blackberries and coffee, with concentrated tannins and nutmeg notes. It’s one you want to bring to a barbecue or pair with a rich dish.
Ramon Bilbao Viñedos de Altura
Half Tempranillo, half Garnacha (Grenache, for the Francophiles, although… this is Spanish wine so Garnacha it is!), this wine comes from grapes planted at high altitudes, where milder temperatures translate in the self control and acidity that warmer areas simply can’t teach.
Elegant and dominated by juicy red berries and herbs, with medium strength tannins and a delicate touch of black pepper.
Ramon Bilbao Edición Limitada
Accurately named Limited Edition, this Tempranillo is made from what the makers consider to be their best grapes. Aged for 14 months in new oak and then in bottle for 10 months, it’s not about how long it stays in the cellar but about showcasing this carefully selected fruit at its best.
My personal favourite from the tasting, smooth, balanced and with a berrific start and a spicy finish. It’s velvet in a glass.
Ramon Bilbao Mirto
Introduced as the winery’s top, this refined Rioja comes from old Tempranillo vines and offers the complexity that a wine needs to become the topic of conversation, instead of just its fuel.
Blackberry bushes, black cherry preserve and a refreshing minty touch star, while cocoa, espresso and sweet spices enhance it from the background.
Cruz de Alba Tempranillo
Known as Tinto Fino in the DO, Tempranillo shows a thicker skin and goes up a level in intensity. This powerful red is quite mineral with a ripe, red cherry note leading on the fruit front.
Tannins are persistent and restrained, and flavours included what the nose promised as well as cocoa nibs, toast and a delicate earthiness.
Ramon Bilbao Verdejo
The greenness of fresh cut grass (Verdejo comes from verde, Spanish for green) along aromas of citrus fruit and crisp nectarines.
Medium bodied and with moderate acidity, it feels fresh and fruity with a pleasant and persistent end.
Mar de Frades Albariño
If you like the idea of a holiday in Spain, you’re going to like this. It’s filled with aromas of ripe lemon and pineapple as well as an elegant presence of white flowers.
On the palate, it flows refreshing and igniting your wish for food -ideally seafood!- with a balance between juicy fruit and a subtle briney minerality.
My Personal favourite I would highly recommend with fish or a light lunch .
Venue : Ely Wine Bar Dublin
Host : Gilbeys in conjunction with Rodolfo Bastida
Event : Spanish Wine Tasting Experience