Bodegas Roda Reserva DOCa 2011
The 2011 Roda, a classic blend of Tempranillo with 8% Graciano and a pinch of Garnacha, comes from older vineyards where they search for red fruit character--which might have been more difficult to get in a ripe and warm year like 2011. The profile is closer to the ripeness often displayed by Roda, with more black fruit than other years, coupled with some Mediterranean hints of aromatic herbs. The wine fermented in French oak vats and matured in barrique for 14 months. This is one of the warmest years for Roda, a ripe and heady, hedonistic vintage. What I like about the wine is that it does not display any signs of overripeness, perhaps because of some cooler days in July that slowed things down. The nose is serious and without excess, with the oak also perfectly integrated into the fruit, which is in the foreground. The palate is also terribly balanced, with very fine tannins. This is very pleasant and tasty. This wine has a profile to be a great commercial success. 114,028 bottles. Drink: 2016~2021 - WA92
Colour:Deep red colour and bigarreau cherry background.
Nose:Good intensity, with a wide range of registers and very deep. It stands up the very ripe fruit profile with some blackness, in the range of the bigarreau cherries.
Palate:It is voluminous, full and woolly. In the mouth, it opens up the fruits with ripe bigarreau cherries feeling and fine spices. It is full bodied, long, pleasant and powerful. It has a wide retronasal and very ripe and fresh fruit aftertaste. Full bodied feeling. The oak is very well integrated, enhancing the fruit feeling.
Good representative of the 2011 vintage, excellent in Rioja with an exceptional ripeness and slightly Mediterranean profile. - 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.