Bodegas Ramirez

Bodegas Ramirez De La Piscina
In early 1945, Julio Ramírez de la Piscina, followed the tradition inherited from his parents in Ábalos, and continued cultivating the family vineyards in San Vicente de la Sonsierra and began producing traditional Rioja wines. In 1961, Julio moved to Bilbao with his wife Angela and began selling his wine in the old Bodeguilla Riojana in the Plaza del Corazón de María.
In 1973, Bodegas Ramírez was officially founded and began to sell bottled wine under this name. In 1980, the fourth generation of the Ramírez de la Piscina family took over management of the winery, and in 1987, the name was changed to Bodegas Ramírez de la Piscina. The name change honors the family's historic surname, which is an ancient aristocratic Medieval Riojan name, originating from a 12th Century Romanesque church nearby the vineyards called Santa María de la Piscina.
All of the vineyards are estate owned and the vast majority of the plantings are Tempranillo on high density trellis. The oldest Tempranillo vineyards are head trained, and the family owns a few small plants of Garnacha, Viura, and Malvasia, that are used for the Rosado and Blanco. Ramirez de la Piscina champions the tradition of ageing classified, traditional styled Rioja.

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Bodegas Ramirez De La Piscina Rioja Reserva 2013
89  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 89 This plump red offers cherry and vanilla flavors that show a spicy sweetness, balanced by leafy, cedar and tobacco notes. Light, firm tannins add ballast. A graceful example of the traditional style. Drink now through 2023. 1,000 cases made.  Wine Enthusiast 88 This wine's
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Bodegas Ramirez De La Piscina Rioja Reserva 2012
"Dark purple. Fragrant dark fruit and smoky oak aromas are complemented by vanilla and licorice. Spicy and broad on the palate, offering concentrated blackcurrant and floral pastille flavours and a hint of mocha. Finishes smooth and quite long, with soft tannins building slowly. The aging regimen

Bodegas Ramirez De La Piscina Rioja Reserva 2011
91  James Suckling 
Vinous Media 91 "(aged for 18 months in French and American oak casks and then held in bottle for two years before being released) Deep ruby. Perfumed aromas of red berry liqueur, dried cherry, potpourri and tobacco plus a building vanilla undertone. Supple, open-knit red fruit, mocha and floral

Bodegas Ramirez De La Piscina Rioja Reserva 2010
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "A stunning value in 6-year-old Rioja from this estate’s 49 acres with most of the vines planted in 1932, the 100% Tempranillo 2010 Reserva aged 18 months in a combination of French and American oak. The wine has a dense ruby/plum color, a big, sweet kiss of camphor, licorice,