Bodegas Roda I Reserva DOCa 2004
- WA94, WS90
As we didn't have another recent vintage to compare with the 2010 and the expectations were so high, Roda's CEO Agustín Santolaya insisted on uncorking another excellent vintage, the 2004 Roda I, to check on its evolution. The production and source of the grapes was basically the same as today, 100% Tempranillo that, back then, was fermented in French oak vats with indigenous yeasts, followed by aging in barriques for 16 months. There might be some things in common with 2010, which is the current vintage—a very balanced year with great ripeness and acidity, wines with power and elegance and a very slow development. This 2004 is aging at a glacial pace and should have a long life ahead of it. - WA94
Plum, tobacco, leather and licorice mingle in this thick red. A bit blunt, but the tannins are well-integrated, there's depth to the flavors, and the finish is fresh and long. Drink now through 2016. - WS90
RODA I is blended with parcels that that year have ripened in a black fruit profile. The deep black fruit, is almost always dominated by the plumb and supported by mineral notes, chocolate and balsamic sensations, that form an ensemble that slowly flows from the furthest side of the glass until it becomes huge in the entrance of the nose. In the mouth, the volume becomes evident, the fruit complexity nicely surrounds the mouth cavity showing the numerous and polished tannins. The wine gets longer making stronger the retro nasal sensation every time we breathe. A fruity and fresh sensation will last, inviting us to continue drinking. - Winemaker's Notes
Bodegas RODA was conceived and initiated in the late 1980's by the Rollant-Daurella (Ro-Da) family of Barcelona, minutely involved in Spain's fine wine distribution sector. Their goal was to produce a red wine second to none in the world, a wine with breeding and intensity naturally expressing the characteristics of a great terrior. Detailed studies led them to Rioja, and specifically to Haro in the Rioja Atla, as the ideal viticultural base to achieve this result.
A self-financed, objective and detailed vineyard analysis the top 100 sites within Rioja Alta's lowest-yielding, climatically-challenged sub-regions. Vineyard acquisition and grape contract followed strictly upon this model. The bodega facility was then established at the epicenter of the chosen vineyard areas, in Haro's Barrio de la Estacion in plain view of the Conchas rock formation - where the Ebro River dramatically forces its way through the sierra and into this vinous paradise.