Ramon Bilbao Rioja 'Edicion Limitada', 2016 (case of 6)



"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. FREE DELIVERY IF YOU LIVE WITHIN 10 MILES OF THE WHALLEY WINE SHOP. (£6.99 elsewhere in mainland UK)"

The harvest followed a cold and rainy winter, cool spring and very hot summer. The rainfall in September and October favoured the complete physiological and phenolic development of the grape. Ageing is carried out in French and American oak barrels for 14 months. Ageing is then concluded in underground bottle cellars for a further 10 months.