*** Wine Spectator Top 100 Value Wines 2016 ***
Varietal: Tempranillo, Grenache
Vintage: 2016 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Ramon Bilbao
Bodegas Ramón Bilbao is situated in a privileged location: Haro, in Rioja Alta, a paradise where Rioja’s emblematic grape variety, Tempranillo, grows best. This wine retails at €23. It's entire limited production makes its way into the restaurant trade each year. However this year is different, and we have secured 91 cases of the 100 case allocation for the Irish market in 2020. Further to that, we have taken 30% off the price (RRP: €23) and when it's gone, it is gone. This is better than Gran Reserva, and at just €16 per bottle, jump on this fast while you can. We have reduced it even further when you buy 12 bottles - to just €15 per bottle. We must limit this to 24 bottles per customer in total while stocks last.
The Limited Edition 2016 is a small production wine that offers a modern and innovative take on Rioja thanks to the in-depth work done at the vineyard, which serves as a counterpoint to the most classic aspects of wine. The 2016 vintage was characterised by a general delay of about 15 days compared to a "normal" year, but quality is still fully present.
A highly unique wine designed to express the terroir of Rioja Alta along with all the nuances of the Tempranillo variety, also provides the characteristic elegance of French oak. To it, its creators dedicate these beautiful words: "Innovate, create something, look differently, or even write backwards. Try, accept the challenge, live without fear. Easy to understand modernity. Modernity, a change, an originality limited edition".
Standing out above all of its many virtues, is its excellent value for money at this price.
The editor at ‘Wine Spectator’, Thomas Matthews, has rated and reviewed TOP 100 VALUE WINES LIST. Thomas Matthews says, ‘There’s no single reason why some highly rated wines are costly and others are affordable. Land prices, grape prices, production costs and growing conditions are all determining factors in the price of a wine, as are more subjective considerations affecting how much consumers are willing to pay for a certain bottle or brand. What can be said with certainty is that great wines don’t have to be expensive. The wines in this year’s annual roundup of top values offer 100 distinctive examples of this truth, all of them rated 88 points or higher. This wine scored 94 points and all of the WineOnline.ie team loved it.
Intense ruby red with black cherry glints and a deep hue. High fruit intensity on the nose, with a perfect balance of dark fruit and oak on the palate. The spicy nuances play a key role, with black pepper, cloves and cumin. Fresh wood aromas with notes of cocoa, dry tobacco leaves and mint and a smooth, fruity mouth-feel with a long finish. Pleasant, polished tannins and refreshing acidity.
Food Matches: Cold meats / Mild Cheeses / Blue fish