Bodegas Roda - Press Comments

Rioja, Spain

Bodegas Roda

Sela 2015

“A very refined and beautiful wine with fine tannins, lovely fruit and hints of fresh herb and wet earth. Medium body and a long finish. Shows such finesse and complexity. Hitting above its fighting weight. Drink now.” 92 points

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
2nd August 2018

 

Sela 2014

“Sela is where Agustín Santolaya uses the fruit from his younger Tempranillo and Graciano vines, combining them with 2% Garnacha from Tudelilla in the Rioja Oriental. Light, approachable and charming, with succulent summer berry fruit, chalky acidity and a patina of oak.” 92 points

Tim Atkin MW, Rioja Special Report 2018

 

Reserva 2013

“There was no Garnacha in this Reserva in 2013 because of the rain, leaving a cuvée of Tempranillo and 3% Graciano from Briñas, Villalba and Haro. Fresh, refined yet serious, it’s very much an Atlantic-influenced Rioja with a scented, flora aromas, tangy acidity and filigree tannins. Not a blockbuster, but delicious in its way.” 94 points

Tim Atkin MW, Rioja Special Report 2018

“This lean red shows a savory style, with licorice, leather and black tea flavors that frame cherry, espresso and earth notes. The texture is supple and polished, with enough backbone to match with food. Drink now through 2025. 7,000 cases made, 1,500 cases imported.” 89 points

Wine Spectator, winespectator.com
Web Only – 2018

 

Reserva 2011

“Aromatic, leafy, savoury nose. Focused, taut and mineral with good focus and balance. Still young.”

Tim Atkin & Sarah Jane Evans, Harpers Wine & Spirit Rioja Supplement
1st October 2016

“The 2011 Roda, a classic blend of Tempranillo with 8% Graciano and a pinch of Garnacha, comes from older vineyards where they search for red fruit character–which might have been more difficult to get in a ripe and warm year like 2011. The profile is closer to the ripeness often displayed by Roda, with more black fruit than other years, coupled with some Mediterranean hints of aromatic herbs. The wine fermented in French oak vats and matured in barrique for 14 months. This is one of the warmest years for Roda, a ripe and heady, hedonistic vintage. What I like about the wine is that it does not display any signs of overripeness, perhaps because of some cooler days in July that slowed things down. The nose is serious and without excess, with the oak also perfectly integrated into the fruit, which is in the foreground. The palate is also terribly balanced, with very fine tannins. This is very pleasant and tasty. This wine has a profile to be a great commercial success. 114,028 bottles.” 92 points

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate
11th June 2016

“A subdued, stylish wine that opens up in the mouth to top-quality Tempranillo fruit and suave, abundant tannins. On the ultimate edge of ripeness, this is a great Rioja, chanting its origin.” 91 points

NA, Decanter, Premium Red Rioja
1st February 2017

 

Roda I 2012

“Vivid ruby-red. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe dark berries, cherry preserves, vanilla and potpourri, with a smoky mineral quality adding vibrancy. Sappy, seamless and broad on the palate, offering alluringly, concentrated sweet blackberry, cherry-cola, spicecake and violet pastille flavors and a touch of mocha. Shows impressive persistence on the supple, floral- and spice-driven finish, which is framed by fine-grained tannins that sneak in slowly.” 93 points

Josh Raynolds, vinous.com
February 2019

 

Roda I 2011

“Agustín Santolaya increased the percentage of Graciano – used for the first time in Roda I in 2010 – to 9% in 2011 because of the warmer Mediterranean vintage. The result is a cuvée that is built to evolve in the bottle, with quite a bit of oak complemented by flavours of fig, bramble and vanilla spice. The tannins need time to fold into the texture of the wine. 2020-30.” 95 points

Tim Atkin MW, Rioja Special Report 2018

 

Roda I 2010

“Combining Tempranillo with 5% Graciano, this is an ambitious wine from one of the very best modern Rioja vintages. Complex, firm and built to age, with stylish oak, plenty of tannic grip, floral, savoury fruit notes and balancing acidity. One of the best releases yet from Roda. 2018-28.” 95 points

Tim Atkin MW, Rioja 2017 Special Report
19th January 2017

 

Cirsion 2016

“Intense, pure nose. Bone dry with a lightly malty streak. Clean and pure. Pretty long and very fresh. Fine tannins and certainly drinkable at this point though you’d be well advised to wait.” 17+/20

Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com
8th October 2018

 

Cirsion 2015

“Dark crimson. Broad, warm nose – quite velvety somehow. Tannins are more marked than those of 2016. Quite a bit of chew on the end and a little bit more reserved although there is masses of ripe fruit. A bit like 2005 Bordeaux in structure. Wait! Very savoury – a hint of Marmite on the finish. “17/20

Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com
8th October 2018

“Roda didn’t make its top wine in 2013 or 2014, but it has released a stunner in 2015, made from a selection of the winery’s best old vines, not just parcels. At 14%, Graciano is making its largest contribution yet, adding backbone to an ambitious wine that’s structured, dense and richly oaked with sinewy tannins, ripe balck fruits and the acidity to age gracefully. 2021-32.” 96 points

Tim Atkin MW, Rioja 2018 Special Report

 

Cirsion 2012

“Very deep crimson. Lovely, mellow, interesting year. Very intense and complex and already nicely evolved. Great finesse and yet also great presence in the mouth. Intense and fine. Hint of tobacco leaf – definitely male-dressing-room perfumes rather than anything feminine. Though still some fine tannic signature on the end.” 18/20

Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com
8th October 2018

“Made with 10% Graciano for the first time in 2012, this Tempranillo-dominated red is the top wine at Roda and one of the most ambitious in Rioja. Powerful, concentrated and plushly oaked, with savoury, spicy complexity and rich plum, blackberry and prune-like fruit. 2018-30.” 95 points

Tim Atkin MW, Rioja 2017 Special Report
19th January 2017

“The top of the range and exclusive 2012 Cirsion is always a controversial wine, no less because of the bulky price tag. It’s the prototype of voluptuous and showy modern Rioja, produced from very ripe grapes. Cirsion is made from only selected vines within a specific plot of very old vines. The tannins are so ripe that they reckon the polymerization of the tannins start inside each grape, and therefore the tannins are very polished and need less time in barrel. That’s why the most expensive wine is always released much earlier than the other ones and we’re already on the very dry 2012 harvest. The élevage is in new wood, which also makes the wine ready more quickly, but the aging period is quite short at around nine months. It’s mostly Tempranillo, but in this vintage it also contains some 10% Graciano, the first time ever. The peculiarity of 2012 is that it comes after a very warm and early vintage, and there was little water in the soil, so it all started quite slowly. 2012 turned out to be an extremely dry vintage with extremely low yields. There are plenty of notes of cocoa, espresso coffee and roasted wood that might need some time integrate in the wine and give way to those aromas of damp earth, violets and small blackberries. The ripeness and style of the oak reminded me of the style of the late 1990s. The palate is ripe and lush, and it does not transmit any heat. Winemaker Agustín Santolaya reckons that the Graciano provided a special freshness that balanced the wine. Yields were low and there was little vegetation, too; it was a special year, with small amounts of quality wines. There is no Cirsion in 2013 or 2014. In 2015, it will also have a small percentage of Graciano. Analytically, it’s quite low in acidity, which also makes it soft and round. 3,535 bottles produced.” 94 points

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate
11th June 2016

 

Cirsion 2011

“This red is dense yet graceful, with a good balance of fruit and savoury components. Plum, floral, tobacco, mineral and smoky notes mingle over light, firm tannins, kept lively by balsamic acidity.” 92 points

Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator
1st October 2016

“2011 was a hotter vintage that 2010 in Rioja and it shows in the fruit flavours here, which are a little figgier than on the previous release. It’s dense and smooth, with firmish tannins, plenty of extract and enough acidity to keep the wine fresh on the finish.”

Tim Atkin, Decanter
1st March 2016

 

Cirsion 2009

“Deep, bright crimson. Broad, rich nose. Lots of ripeness. Very sweet start – fruit almost hides any tannins. Though there’s a little brûlée note on the end like Bordeaux 2003s and 2009s. More rich and a bit of torrefaction. Not my favourite style but it certainly transmits the style of the year. Falls away a bit.” 16.5/20

Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com
8th October 2018

 

Cirsion 2007

“Lustrous crimson. Lovely well-knit nose. Then fresh, clarety build. Very pleasing and restrained. Atlantic purity! Plus sufficient ripeness and great composure. Fine tannins. Very sophisticated. Clean and fresh. Great wine despite the vintage’s reputation in Rioja.” 18/20

Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com
8th October 2018

 

Cirsion 2001

“Mythical vintage released in late 2003. Quite evolved rim. Still deep crimson in the middle. Light nose, perhaps past its very best? Very flattering, sweet and velvety on the palate but a little muted aromatically. Velvety tannins on the very end. Richness and freshness.” 17/20

Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com
8th October 2018