Friday, December 31, 2010

The Roda To Success is a play on words...The Road To Success. All those who did not get it...lie down in a dark room for 3 days until all your faculties return ( I blame Xmas) and no wine. Those who understood (was really not difficult) read on...and buy this if you see it...fairly priced and good value. The top wine from this estate, Roda 1...or we could say the Boulevard a real goodie...but this 'Street' version is fairly priced and good value. That's all the 'Road' the tasting notes...

Roda Reserva 2004
Rioja, Spain

A top vintage in Spain...and practically all win
es I have tasted have had that touch of 'something extra'. This is a modern Rioja...which is OK with me...someone who remembers the 'old-style well. There is a gentle whiff of vanilla behind the red-fruit you detect on the nose...smoky....constantly enticing. The palate is quite complex and appealing...there are some ripe tannins...and lively acidity...all put together very well indeed. This Cuvèe, from 81% Tempranillo, 14% Graciano, & 5% Garnacha with 50% new oak for 16 months, has enough character of it's own. I enjoyed it...and the two other bottles will be left to mature for a couple of years.
Points 17.25

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