Awarded a Gold medal and 96 points at the 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).
For other 2021 DWWA winners, click here.
See also the red Limite Sur.
Bodegas Ramón Bilbao was founded in 1926 by Ramón Bilbao Murga, an experienced wine trader who had been selling wine since 1896 from premises at Calle Las Cuevas in Haro. Bilbao was a forward-looking grape grower and a pioneer in the art of ageing. The winery was handed down from one generation to the next until the year 1966, when Ramón Bilbao Pozo, last of the descendants, died. In 1972 the business was converted into a corporation with new shareholders, and new facilities were built, also in Haro. The new company wished to continue the work of its founder, and concentrated on making aged wines. In 1999, the family business of Diego Zamora, S.A., one of the largest beverage groups in Spain and owner of the well-known brand Licor 43, acquired the winery and began a new venture, renovating and adapting existing facilities. The development of top-quality wines, together with innovation while respecting the purest Riojan tradition represented by the history of the wines of Ramón Bilbao, are the trademark of this emblematic company in Rioja Alta. The philosophy that inspires the work carried out at the winery is the same philosophy that has prevailed, generation after generation, turning the men and women who work at our bodega into true experts in the art of ageing wines: grapes from the best estates and vineyards, casks made of the best oak from European and American forests, and all of this enhanced by the care and know-how of people who love wine above all else.
Límite Norte 2017 is the first white from Rioja made by Ramón Bilbao, selecting the best grapes from their vineyards in Cuzcurrita. This is a wine that explores the westernmost part of the region. It's a white ideally paired with white meats, such as truffled chicken, creamy cheeses or fatty fish. Made with 50% white Tempranillo and 50% white Maturana, after fermentation in concrete, and a subsequent aging with its lees in different materials (concrete, amphora, large barrels), it is aged in American oak barrels for a period of 6 months.
For more detail, see the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves....
Ramon Bilbao, Limite Norte Rioja Blanco 2017 - fiche technique
... and this link for the key winemaking points in this wine.
Ramon Bilbao, Limite Norte Rioja Blanco 2017 - winemaking points
Of medium intensity, with aromas of citrus (lime skin), fresh stone fruit, notes of white flowers, subtle aromas of barrel and tertiary. It is fresh, with excellent acidity and friendly tannin. A white full of harmony, balanced and with a long distance.