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Ramirez de la Piscina Rioja Crianza 2009

Ramirez de la Piscina Rioja Crianza 2009

750ML    
Sku: 026402

Tasting notes
This is a beautifully mature wine, dark cherry-red withpurple hues. Well-balanced aromas of ripe fruit and oak. The balance between oak, fruit, alcohol content and tannins is also noticeable on the palate, with hints of vanilla spiced with fine oak. Wonderfully long with a lingering finish.

Rating
2008: 90 Points - Josh Raynolds, Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellars: " Ruby-red. Smoky, spice-accented aromas and flavors of redcurrant and cherry, with a subtle floral nuance gaining strength with air. This juicy, seamless Rioja finishes with very good clarity and floral persistence. Quite suave, and delicious right now."


Wine maker notes
Vineyards: At least 25 years old. Located in Abalos and San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Rioja Alta. Clay and Limestone soil. Vinification: Bunches are carefully sorted on the selection table, and then destemmed and transferred to a tank for skin-contact maceration. After several days, tumultuous fermentation starts in the liquid found underneath the cap of skins floating on the surface. Automatic pumping-over and punching-down allow the tannins and colour to be extracted from the grape skins. The entire fermentation is temperature-controlled in order to favour the survival of the yeasts until the end of the process. When fermentation finishes, the wine is run off by gravity. This method of destemming ensures a greater concentration of polyphenols and colour, which will be absolutely vital for the wine’s ageing in barrel. Ageing: After alcoholic and malolactic fermentation, the wine is racked into 225 litre American and French oak barrels where it spends 15 months ageing in our bodega’s underground cellars. Thereafter the wine is transferred back to the tanks for 5 months of natural fining and settling before filtering and bottling. Ageing is completed in the bottle. The bottles are stored horizontally in our underground bottle-cellars for at least 8 months before their labelling and release for sale.

Food pairing
Should be drunk at a temperature of 18ºC. Drink with red and white meat, roast lamb, pork, beef, game, poultry, stews, rice dishes, pulses, mushrooms and mature or blue cheese.

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Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Grape Varietal: Tempranillo
Type: Still wine

Reg. $14.99

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