Vizcarra Ramos

Country of Origin: Spain
Location: Ribera del Duero, Castilla y León
People: Juan Carlos Vizcarra, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic


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Founded in 1991, Juan Carlos Vizcarra is one of the pioneers of the garagiste winemaking movement in Spain. Today, his estate winery Bodegas Vizcarra Ramos is considered among the top producers in Ribera del Duero. Vizcarra owns 26 hectares (64 acres) of vineyards in the villages of Mambrilla de Castrejón and Roa, in the northern central area of Ribera del Duero within the Burgos province in Castilla y León. Many of Ribera’s best bodegas farm vineyards located in this area. From its higher altitude (2,785 feet), Ribera del Duero's northern central area within Burgos has a cooler climate than either Toro or Rueda, to the west and southwest, respectively. The wines produced within Burgos are usually darker, more concentrated wines with more forward aromas than those produced in the western part of Ribera del Duero. An extreme continental climate with cool nights and hot days with moderately low rainfall provides a longer ripening period and results in wines with great complexity and expressive, intense aromas.

Juan Carlos’ philosophy is centered on producing wines of elegance and finesse. To prevent harsh tannins and produce soft, elegant wines, Juan Carlos places great importance on careful vineyard work and gentle winemaking techniques. Relatively fertile, the soil (clay and limestone with gravel subsoil) has plenty of organic material with good water retention. To offset an undesirably high rate of vegetative growth, Juan Carlos reduces yields by thinning grape clusters from 20 to 8 per vine and by allowing other wild herbs to flourish around the vines. This foliage acts to absorb the potentially excessive water and nutrients from the soil. At the winery, Juan Carlos does with winemaking exclusively by gravity. Allowing gravity to move the wine from fermenter to tank to barrel means nothing mechanical agitates the delicate fruit or extracts excess skin or seed tannins. The resulting emphasis is on the fruit rather than the tannins.

Wine Advocate 6/2011
"Bodegas Vizcarra Ramos is staking a claim as one of the finest estates in Ribera del Duero."

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  • Vizcarra Ramos 2011 'Ines' Ribera del Duero DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (10/1/2015)

    The 2011 Inés from Vizcarra felt riper and more exuberant, perhaps the blend of 90% Tempranillo (aka Tinto Fino) and 10% Merlot has something to do with it. As with the Celia, the grapes fermented in open 400-liter oak barrels where the wine went through malolactic fermentation and 17-18 months upbringing. 10% of the barrels used were built with American oak. The nose shows plenty of plums in liqueur, decayed violets and something earthy/organic. The palate is full-bodied, round and plush, intense with glossy tannins and moderate acidity. A more Mediterranean Inés. 2,000 bottles produced.
  • Vizcarra Ramos 2011 'Ines' Ribera del Duero DO
    Rating: 94 (12/25/2015)

    (raised in new French and American oak for 18 months): Bright violet color. An explosive, exotically perfumed bouquet evokes candied red berries, incense, rose oil and Asian spices, with suave vanilla and mineral nuances emerging slowly. Sweet, focused and pure on the palate, offering intense raspberry liqueur and floral pastille flavors accented by notes of five-spice powder and blood orange. Delivers an impressive payload of flavor with zero excess fat and finishes extremely floral and long, with sneaky tannins adding shape.
  • Vizcarra Ramos 2012 'Torralvo' Ribera del Duero DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (10/29/2015)

    The 2012 Torralvo is pure Tempranillo from a traditional head-pruned, 62-year-old vineyard in the village of Mambrilla de Castrejón. It fermented in small vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in oak barrels for some 18 months. It felt a bit closed at first, presenting serious, harmonious and elegant but powerful character like a sleeping lion. The nose is subtle with some oak-related aromas of sweet spices, ripe small berries and some earthy hints. The palate has tremendous balance, and feels polished with sleek tannins and good acidity to provide freshness and length. It has all the components for a long development in the bottle. Another superb Torralvo. 4,500 bottles produced.
  • Vizcarra Ramos 2012 'Torralvo' Ribera del Duero DO
    Rating: 93 (5/1/2017)

    Mineral- and spice-accented aromas of ripe red berries, lavender and Asian spices on the intensely perfumed nose. At once fleshy and light on its feet, offering juicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that show excellent clarity and building sweetness. Turns spicier on the wonderfully persistent finish, which features supple tannins and lingering mineral and floral nuances.