Bodegas Ramón Bilbao Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2005 La Rioja, Spain

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My Rating 86 Points. 
Price $28.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Nose of blueberries, blackberries, cherries, cranberries, licorice, oak and vanilla.

Dry and spicy On the palate, with earth, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, black currants, cedar, vanilla, spices and black pepper.
Full bodied and vibrant.

Long finish with round tannins.

A Nice, Gran Reserva. Time in the bottle worked its magic, and it’s only the beginning. Will be much better in 5 to 15 years.

Aged for 30 months in oak barrels, and then 36 months in the bottle.

14% alcohol by volume.

90% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo, 5% Graciano.

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