Bodegas Roda Roda I Reserva 2001

Bodegas Roda Roda I Reserva 2001Its been a year or so since I had a look at this wine, I was planning to keep my hands of them for at least 4 years before opening, good theory. Here is the reality. The 2002 is now available, I’ll have to pick some up to keep me away from the 01s.

Roda has 17 vineyards in Rioja, some each of the three regions.  The produce of each vineyard in vinified separately in 17 oak fermenter, then put into french oak barrels.  After the required time in barrel, a tasting panel decides which barrels go towards each style. When the guys put together Roda I they are looking for dark fruit, more towards a drink-by-itself wine that you would drink with some cheese perhaps.  It is built for aging, it is bold in its youth: lots of tannins and structure, abundant fruit and some would say backward and closed.  Generally 100% tempranillo, I’m told some grenacha sneaks in for some vintages.

Deep, dark red in colour.  Decanting is must here.  The nose starts off very closed with subtle dark fruit and earth, but builds into a great wiff of blackberry and black current with liquorice, spice, florals and earthy undergrowth.  There is a bit of subtle oaky goodness as well, coffee and drinking chocolate with some more time.  The mouth feel is pure velvet with classic Roda tannins, a satisfying texture builds as the wine sees more air. More dark fruit flavours with liquorice, a sprinkle of pepper and spice, with a wee bit of minerals and rocks.  The finish is very long, nicely enhanced with some more minerals and tannin.  Hmmm…it was a mistake to open it so young, now I want another bottle.  I’ll leave the rest until 2009 and drink over 10 years. Bring on the 2002.  94 Pts.

Source: Cellar Cost: $90 Closure: Conventional Cork