2014 Ramirez de la Piscina Crianza Rioja
Ramirez de la Piscina is an old aristocratic name originating in the Middle Ages (11th-12th centuries).
A brief-ish history of the name Ramirez
The surname has been associated with the famous knight El Cid, the Navarran crown and the First Crusade. The Navarran Prince Don Ramiro Sanchez, married to the daughter of the famous El Cid, was in charge of a group of Navarran soldiers who, together with Godfrey of Bouillon, participated in the First Crusade. The Pool of Bethesda In July 1099, Prince Don Ramiro and his troops successfully stormed the wall adjoining the Pool of Bethesda, and entered Jerusalem.
On his return to Navarra, he learned that his father and brother had died under suspicious circumstances. It appears that they had been murdered in Penalen, and as a result, Navarra was ruled by the King of Aragon. Don Ramiro refused to renounce his claim to the throne of Navarra, and in his will (Saint Peter of Cardena – 13/11/1110), he granted the rule of the Kingdom of Navarra to his oldest son, who was posthumously crowned under the name Garcia Ramirez ”The Restorer”. Santa Mª de la Piscina Don Ramiro ceded the territories of the Navarran Sonsierra (today in Rioja Alavesa – including Abalos, San Vicente de la Sonsierra and Brinas) and Penacerrada, to his youngest son, charging him to build a church in gratitude for his safe return from the Crusade.
Don Ramiro specified in his will that the church should be placed under the protection of the Virgin, and be called Santa Maria de la Piscina Probatica de Jerusalen (Saint Mary of the Pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem). This Navarran-Riojan Romanesque jewel has since then been passed on pro indivisa to his descendants. Many of the clauses in the will were fulfilled, such as the Royal Decree of Santa Maria de la Piscina, which stated that the church should remain in the family forever. Ramirez de la Piscina From that date onwards, Don Sancho Ramirez added ”de la Piscina” to his name. The church is situated in the hamlet of Pecina, which falls within the San Vicente de la Sonsierra municipality.
Don Ramiro Sanchez is buried next to his wife, Dona Elvira Diaz de Vivar, in the main hall of the San Pedro de Cardena church in Burgos, together with the original sepulchre where the remains of El Cid were initially buried. Both have the title of King and Queen of Navarra. Although they never actually reigned, they also never renounced their legitimate rights, which were later transferred to their son Garcia Ramirez ”The Restorer”. Don Sancho Ramirez de la Piscina is buried in the parish of Penacerrada (Alava).
Deep ruby red with a pale violet rim. On the nose the characteristic Sonsierra red fruits combine with touches of spicy wood. In the mouth it is tasty, spicy and structured, with hints of vanilla and coffee and a good balance between wine and oak. The finish is long with a pronounced back taste.
Spain, Rioja, Ábalos and San Vicente de la Sonsierra
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