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Ramón Bilbao Rioja Reserva 2015 75cl

Elements in Perfect Combination

Ram√≥n Bilbao‚Äôs Rio¬≠ja Reser¬≠va per¬≠fect¬≠ly com¬≠bines the best ele¬≠ments of Tem¬≠pranil¬≠lo wine¬≠mak¬≠ing. This DOCa-cer¬≠ti¬≠fied wine‚Äôs care¬≠ful¬≠ly cal¬≠i¬≠brat¬≠ed mat¬≠u¬≠ra¬≠tion peri¬≠od‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČa year in Amer¬≠i¬≠can oak casks and two years in bot¬≠tles‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČensures this.

TAST­ING NOTES FROM THE CURATOR

This bright, gar¬≠net-red wine is medi¬≠um-high in inten¬≠si¬≠ty. It smells of wild red and black fruits, rem¬≠i¬≠nis¬≠cent of licorice, vanil¬≠la, sweet brioche, and vio¬≠let sweets. On sec¬≠ond whiff, it has addi¬≠tion¬≠al hints of men¬≠thol and wild herbs. The tan¬≠nins are ripe at the fore¬≠front, while sweet spices and red fruit linger on the tongue. It is a well-bal¬≠anced wine, easy to drink but equal¬≠ly easy to store in a cel¬≠lar for a few years, in the way only a per¬≠fect¬≠ly craft¬≠ed Rio¬≠ja Reser¬≠va can be.

PAIR­INGS

Best with heavy, hearty meals, the Rio¬≠ja Reser¬≠va is per¬≠fect along¬≠side spicy dish¬≠es, espe¬≠cial¬≠ly thick red cur¬≠ries. Con¬≠verse¬≠ly, it coax¬≠es out the deep¬≠er fla¬≠vors in fresh-made ceviche by the sea¬≠side and goes very well with jack¬≠et pota¬≠toes‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČcheese and baked beans, or even chili on top‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČfor those cool¬≠er evenings. One hearty, tra¬≠di¬≠tion¬≠al Rio¬≠ja-region pair¬≠ing for this wine is albondi¬≠gas, Span¬≠ish meat¬≠balls smoth¬≠ered in fla¬≠vor-packed toma¬≠to sauce. This dish goes per¬≠fect¬≠ly with the wild fruit fla¬≠vors in the Reser¬≠va Rioja.

WHAT ISWINE, IF NOTRIOJA?

At least that is what is often said in that par¬≠tic¬≠u¬≠lar region of north¬≠ern Spain. La Rio¬≠ja is home to the Ebro Riv¬≠er Val¬≠ley. It is here, in this land of dry climes, in the 7 mini-val¬≠leys cre¬≠at¬≠ed by the Ebro trib¬≠u¬≠taries, that dif¬≠fer¬≠ent vari¬≠eties of Tem¬≠pranil¬≠lo and oth¬≠er grapes grow. But the riv¬≠er val¬≠leys are shrink¬≠ing, and the lush, var¬≠ied bio¬≠di¬≠ver¬≠si¬≠ty of the region is threat¬≠ened by cli¬≠mate change. This is part of the dri¬≠ving force behind Ram√≥n Bilbao‚Äôs sus¬≠tain¬≠abil¬≠i¬≠ty ini¬≠tia¬≠tive. They have been part of Winer¬≠ies for Cli¬≠mate Pro¬≠tec¬≠tion pro¬≠gram since 2017. The Rio¬≠ja is pre¬≠cious to Spain, and deserves her people‚Äôs protection.

Storage Instructions

Store unopened red wines in a cool, dry, and dark place safe from con¬≠stant vibra¬≠tion. Keep your bot¬≠tle hor¬≠i¬≠zon¬≠tal in a wine rack or cel¬≠lar to retain the moist¬≠ness of the cork. The ide¬≠al tem¬≠per¬≠a¬≠ture for stor¬≠age is between 16 to 18¬įC. Once opened, a bot¬≠tle will be good for 3 to 5 days stand¬≠ing upright in the refrigerator.

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