Bodegas Roda Cirsion DOC 2010


Black cherry, kirsch, dark chocolate and spice flavors mingle in this dense red, with firm, polished tannins and lively acidity that serve to showcase the fruit. A modern style. Drink now through 2022. 600 cases made. - WS90

The 2010 Cirsion is pure Tempranillo from selected vines where the ripeness of the grapes give some special characteristics to their tannins, which they consider need a shorter aging time in wood and make for an exuberant and approachable wine. This is something they started in 1995 when they discovered that some plants produced grapes that had more wine than fruit aromas. With some time they decided to make a wine with these grapes where they thought “the wine is half-produced in the grape already,” and requires less time in oak to polish its tannins, something they cannot do every year. In 2008, there was no fruit with Cirsion character so they couldn’t produce it. As with the rest of Roda’s wines, it’s fermented in French oak vats, and malolactic is carried out in new French barrels where the wine matures for eight months. 2010 was a balanced year, with a longer ripening cycle and a delay in harvest of around 10 days compared with 2009. It’s dark, opaque, almost black in color. The backward nose is unyielding and tight, and requires time and air to display an array of ripe black fruit, dark spices, licorice and some lactic hints. The palate is extremely balanced, with clean acidity, ultra-fine, velvety tannins that make it round, intense and tasty, powerful but yet light. This is a great Cirsion. 7,000 bottles were made. Drink 2014-2030. - WA94

Colour:Deep cherry, with an almost opaque background. Great depth of colour, with cherry-red edging

Nose:Very intense and complex, with all the character of the freat CIRSION wines: slight smokiness, with countless minor notes of black fruits and blackberries, an extremely smooth hint of violet in the background with a sweet spiciness conveying the smell of the earth before a rainstorm. Chocolate and mint as the climax to a luxurious composition of aromas that unfolds in the glass, producing a wonderful array of bouquets.

The Winery

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.

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