Roda Rioja Reserva 2004
from Rioja, Spain
Roda Reserva is blended from at least 90 percent Tempranillo and the balance from Garnacha and Graciano grapes selected from vineyards producing grapes marked by supple, expressive fruit and elegant structure. Representing roughly fifty percent of production, Roda is blended in a style to appeal to the Burgundy drinker's palate. Deep purple in color, the wine shows subtle, sweetly ripe black raspberry and strawberry aromas with musky, woodsy notes. The ripe tannins are silky yet powerful, ending in a lengthy, elegant and balanced finish.
"Intensely concentrated, this comes off as reduced until it has days or at least several hours of air to begin to open. The smoky bacon scent of new French oak yields to brighter notes of raspberry and rose. Wait long enough and the enamel-stripping tannin becomes silken, its power diminished to a low growl. This transforms into something delicious and will reward patient cellaring for ten years or more."
Wine & Spirits
"Deep red. Vibrant red berry and floral aromas are complicated by dried rose and smoky Indian spice notes. Deeply concentrated raspberry and cherry flavors display liqueur-like sweetness brightened by hints of candied flowers and black pepper. The spicy note lingers on the long, lively finish, which repeats the red fruit element. I like this wine's vivacity and clarity. "
International Wine Cellar
"Plush yet focused, this round red shows plum, raisin, cinnamon, cedar and black pepper flavors. The tannins are still quite firm, balanced by fresh acidity. Maturing now, but with plenty of life. Drink now through 2016. "
"Based upon 81% Tempranillo, the Roda Reserva has a warm, inviting bouquet with wild strawberry, leather, a touch of burnt toast and gravel. Good density and weight on the entry with soft, sensuous texture, but building to a smooth, succulent, red-berry, cranberry finish with a hint of roasted herbs and cooked meats that glide across the palate. Slips down the throat with ease."
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