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Bodegas Ramirez de la Piscina
Spain, Rioja, Rioja
Bodegas Ramirez de la Piscina was founded in San Vicente de la Sonsierra in 1973 by Julio Ramirez de la Piscina, a second generation vintner with roots in Ábalos, Rioja. The family name, Ramirez de la Piscina, is an ancient medieval Spanish name that can be traced back the the 12th century and is tied to a hermitage near the winery called La Ermita de Santa María de la Piscina.
Today, the family produces extremely classic Rioja wines based on old clones of Tempranillo planted surrounding San Vicente de la Sonsierra, one of the most sought after terroirs in Rioja Alta. Garnacha, Viura, and Malvasía are used to produce the rosé and white.
The estate's vineyards are planted in San Vicente de la Sonsierra and Ábalos, two zones at the foothills of the Sierra Cantabria mountain range that are famous for their limestone rich calcareous clay soils. These soils and the high altitude (up to 600M) result in a limited area of cultivation that are responsible for producing extremely elegant age-worthy Tempranillo.
Ramirez de la Piscina works with estate grown vineyards planted in San Vicente de la Sonsierra and Ábalos, two of the most sought after sub-appelations in Rioja. The soils are particularly favored in this part of Rioja for their extremely high limestone content that balances out the clay. These limestone rich soils produce very mineral, elegant wines that age incredibly well.
The viticultural is sustainable. No pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides are used, and the vines are dry farmed. The vast majorit of the vineyards are cordon trained on trellis, with a small percentage of head trained vines in the oldest sites.
The bunches are all de-stemmed and fermented in stainless steel. The white undergoes a few months of sur lie ageing in tank to add complexity and ageability.