Archive for the ‘Rioja’ category

Roda Reserva 2004

December 8, 2008

Spain, finally. I’ve had some good  Spanish wines lately and this was one of them. I reckon Bodegas Roda doesn’t need any introduction, however, if you’d like to read a bit more I refer to the excellent tinto y blanco for a detailed profile of this already iconic Rioja producer. Regarding the Roda Reserva 2004, the usual viticultural and wine making principles apply with the final blend for this vintage consisting of  81% Tempranillo, 14% Graciano and 5% Garnacha. The relatively high proportion of Graciano in this deep purple red coloured wine adds a lovely fragrance to a nose displaying aromas of fresh berry fruit, cherry, plum, violet, lavender, vanilla, chocolate, spice and a handful of earth. The full-bodied, dense and tightly knit palate reveals a similar bright fruit profile with more profound oak characters, balanced acidity and velvety tannins that seem to grow forever on the long finish. You can drink this wine now to enjoy its gorgeous primary fruit or cellar it for some years to let the inner Rioja speak. 92 points

Source: The Spanish Aquisition  Price: $85  Drink: Now-2012+

Web: www.roda.es

Telmo Rodriguez LZ 2006

January 19, 2008

img_3963.jpgFor a quite some time now I’ve got the intention to drink more Spanish wines but somehow I’ve managed to blow my precious resources on French and Italian ones over the last months. That’s no real excuse considering there are more easy drinking, juicy joven Tempranillos available than ever before at more than reasonable prices. The LZ is Rodriguez’ example from Rioja, a wine that shows all the hallmarks of this style. Deep purple in colour the nose reveals a lot of dark and juicy berries, dried herbs and some earth while the palate is silky and round with lovely fruit tannins adding the necessary texture. Although the absence of oak enhances the warmth of the alcohol the finish is still deliciously soft and satisfying. 88 points

Source: Spanish Aquisition/Liquid Library  Price: $29.99  Drink: Now-2010

Roda I Reserva 2003

October 16, 2007

img_3678.jpgBodegas Roda is undoubtedly one of Spain’s most exciting in terms of philosophy, innovative research and above all the quality of the wines. Sourced from no less than 17 different vineyards, vinified seperately and blended into a final wine, the transformation from Tempranillo grapes into Roda I is a proces not dissimilar to the one from Chardonnay into vintage Champagne. The analogy between the two stops abrupt when terroir is taken into consideration, important for Roda and virtually irrelevant for Champagnes where the expression of a certain housestyle is all that matters. However, I’m not sure whether to consider the Roda I as a true regional expression of Tempranillo or as a balanced Vino de alta expresión designed to meet the international demand for big and concentrated wines. This philosophical debate seems futile though when you only look at the qualitity of this opaque coloured wine in which intense and bright aromas of sweet ripe plum and blackcurrants are married with notes of liquorice, mocca and spicy oak. The same concentration of sweet fruit is shown on the palate that is a big and silky expression of minerally and earthy elegance, despite a hefty 14,5%  alcohol. Packed with harmonious flavours and tannins another dimension of complexity screams to be released over the next couple of years so be patient with this one. 94 points.

Source: The Spanish Aquisition Liquid Library  Price: $135  Drink: 2009-2017

Web: www.roda.es