Rioja’s most famous winery, Ramón Bilbao, is a classic in every sense of the word. Founded in 1924 by the eponymous Ramón Bilbao, it was one of the first to export Rioja. The bodega has always been family-run, and its wines combine traditional techniques with modern insights and innovation. Today, his great-granddaughter Ramona heads up a team of nine winemakers
The result is some of the greatest value for money in Rioja – and this wine is no exception.
The Bilbao Reserva 2015 is made from 90% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha Tinta grapes. It spends a year ageing in American oak barrels before being bottled and released for sale.
Tasting notes: appearance
In the glass, Bilbao Reserva 2015 is deep ruby red in colour with purple tints at the edge. It’s bright and shiny, with medium-high intensity.
On swirling, it leaves legs that fall slowly down the inside of the glass.
For the technical-minded, this is a Tempranillo grape that comes from vines that are at least five years old and has been aged for at least two years in oak barrels. The grapes used to make it come from single-variety plots that have reached the legal age required for a Reserva in the region.
This vintage combines wild red fruits with an oakiness that gives it an almost tobacco-like finish. It’s a well-rounded wine that goes well with roast meats (especially lamb), cheese or just on its own. Enjoy now.
This is not a wine you’re likely to find at your local supermarket, but there are plenty of online retailers that stock it, and it’s available for around £16.
This wine offers a lot at such an affordable price, and it’s certainly one to keep on your radar if you’re looking for some delicious everyday drinking.
I wouldn’t want to drink too much of this stuff (it has 14% alcohol, which makes it quite potent), but I can think of worse ways to spend £16. If you want something affordable and tasty, you could do far worse than Ramon Bilbao Reserva 2015.