Tuesday, February 9, 2010

2005 Bodegas Vizcarra Ramos “Ines” Vizcarra Ribera del Duero Spain

Bodegas Vizcarra Ramos “Ines” Vizcarra Ribera del Duero Spain

Limited production of only 350 cases made, including 20 for the US, “Ines” Vizcarra is a modern style Ribera del Duero wine, produced by Bodegas Vizcarra Ramos. Juan Carlos Vizcarra, owner and winemaker, crafts a few wine including this special cuvée made with 100% Tempranillo aged for 15 months in large French oak Barrels (500 liters).

Juan Carlos Vizcarra passionate commitment is reflected in his all wines, possessing elegance and complexity. He is one of the few true pioneers of small production “garage” winemaking in Ribera del Duero.

2005 Bodegas Vizcarra Ramos “Ines” Vizcarra Ribera del Duero Spain
Suggested retail price $145-$160
Imported/Distributed by Olé Imports in NYC

This wine is like a collector, made in small quantity and difficult to find (which somewhat explain the price) but so tempting to drink. The high elevation vineyards with vines averaging 30-50 years planted on slopes with great exposure and drainage, confer to this wine great acidity and minerality, which are needed to counterbalance the ripeness of the fruit and the influence of the oak. The resulting wine is quite stunning, earthy, Terroir oriented, rich and structured from beginning to finish. The 2005 vintage is still a bit young yet promising for those who will have the patience to wait for it. It offers lot of warm layers of earth, dark ripe fruit and berry, cedar oak, tobacco box, chocolate and pencil shave with hints of spice and vanilla. Compare to the 2004 which was smoother and more integrated not long after bottling, the 2005 vintage will need a bit more time to open yet a decantation about an hour before consuming this rare wine should be enough to tame it down and settle its strength.


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Info partly taken from the importer website at www.oleimports.com

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