Vizcarra Ramos

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


Vizcarra Ramos 2015 'JC Vizcarra' Ribera del Duero DO Login WS 90 WA 89 In Stock
Vizcarra Ramos 2018 'Senda del Oro Roble' Ribera del Duero DO Login WA 90+ In Stock

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 12/2019
"Vizcarra is a very reliable winery in the village of Mambrilla de Castejón in Ribera del Duero, where they produce modern and clean examples of Tempranillo and also play with other grapes allowed in the zone. They own 42.5 hectares of vineyards, some very old, and manage a further 12 from other members of the family."

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 2015 'JC Vizcarra' Ribera del Duero DO
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (4/30/2019)

    Black olive, tar and tobacco notes give this red a savory character, while a cherry, plum and floral core emerges from the firm tannins and lingers on the bright finish. Drink now through 2030. 1,500 cases made, 800 imported.
  • Vizcarra Ramos 2018 'Senda del Oro Roble' Ribera del Duero DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90+ (12/30/2019)

    The 2018 Senda Del Oro is a fruit-driven young Tempranillo with aromas of licorice and good balance between fruit and oak, with some creamy notes and ripeness without excess. It's clean and modern, easy to like, medium to full-bodied, with integrated acidity.
  • Vizcarra Ramos 2015 'JC Vizcarra' Ribera del Duero DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (8/31/2018)

    The nose of the 2015 J C Vizcarra denotes unusual warmth, with plenty of Mediterranean herbs, including esparto grass, and an earthy touch. The palate shows better balance but moderate acidity.