Bodegas Roda 2012 "Roda I Reserva", Rioja
Bodegas Roda was founded in 1987 and is considered “the most modern of the traditionalists and the most traditional of the modernists.” Roda works with a total of 120 hectares - 70 owned by Roda and 50 by contracted growers - all bush vines; no irrigation; minimum intervention (no chemically synthesized products and use of cover crops). Their uncompromising commitment to quality is evident in the extensive research and development department and the state of the art gravity flow winery which includes the seventeen Seguin Moreau foudre for fermentation, radiant heat malolactic room, and extensive aging cellar.
Grapes: 96% Tempranillo & 4% Graciano
Farming: Organic & Biodynamic
Terroir: Vineyards are located in Haro and the surrounding villages of Ollauri, Cihuri, Gimileo, and Villalba – bush vines of over 50 years on limestone soils. Naturally low yields of 1.5kg per vine. Rioja was the first Spanish wine region to obtain DO status, in 1925. In 1991, it was promoted to DOCa (Qualified Designation of Origin), a higher category reserved for wines maintaining a proven consistency and quality over a long period of time. Rioja has three distinct subregions (Alavesa, Alta & Baja) as well as stylistic diversity ranging from the traditional oxidative wines to the full throttle modern style.
Vinification: Malolactic fermentation in French oak followed by 16 months aging in French oak barrique (50% new) and 2 years in the bottle.
Tasting Notes: Roda I is characteristically deeper and darker with black fruit aromas and flavors compared to Roda. This wine is full bodied and intense on the palate, with brambly black fruits, earthy notes of baked rocks and cacao, high tones of purple licorice and a long, tannin-driven finish.
Awards & Recognition:
93+ Wine Advocate: “Even if 2012 was extremely dry and somewhat warm, the 2012 Roda I feels fresher than the 2011 I tasted next to it. 2012 was also an early harvest, up to 15 to 20 days earlier than 2010. It has a more developed and classical nose, with some hints of leather and graphite, black fruit and spices. The palate is medium to full-bodied and ripe without excess, with abundant, slightly dusty tannins. A powerful Roda I.”- Luis Gutierrez