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Affordable Rioja from Ramón Bilbao and Bodegas Ontañón


Continuing in the vein of affordable Spanish wines are the pair from Rioja featured in today’s post.  Both of these wines are made entirely from Tempranillo yet they show different personalities.  The 2011 Ramón Bilbao, Rioja Crianza was produced using fruit sourced from Rioja Alta during a hot vintage.  The wine tastes fresh.  It spent more time in oak so it exhibits dry structure and smoky notes.  The fruit for the 2012 Bodegas Ontañón, Ecológico, Rioja was sourced from organic vineyards located in Rioja Baja during a very dry vintage.   The attractive, meaty nose made way to similar flavors that were enlivened by tartness and acidity.   It continued to offer interest and in the end, was the bottle we saw to the end.  Its attractive price and capability for development make it an ideal wine to drink over the next couple of years.  These wines were provided by Padilla CRT.

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2011 Ramón Bilbao, Rioja Crianza – $16
Imported by Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits. This wine is 100% Tempranillo that was aged for 14 months in oak barrels.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The wine was a little rugged, meaty yet fresh.  The flavors were on the dry side with structure and an overall young profile.  It took on a dark, smoky aspect.  ** Now-2019.

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2012 Bodegas Ontañón, Ecológico, Rioja – $13
Imported by Gabriel Wilson Selections.  This wine is 100% Tempranillo that was aged for five months in used American oak barrels.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The nose was buttery with attractive, meaty aromas.  In the mouth were similar flavors mixed with red and black fruit that had tart ripeness and good acidity. The wine showed some weight to the meaty flavors.  The black red fruit morphed into black licorice in the aftertaste.  The wine should continue to develop over the next year.  ** Now-2019.

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