Bodegas Roda - Press Comments

Rioja, Spain

Bodegas Roda

Roda I Reserva 2016

“Pronounced nose of fragrant plums, dark berries, cedar oak, cigar box, rocky earth and herbs. Ripe decadent fruit on the palate, fresh, ripe tannin. A hugely impressive wine, that will require age to open its sails fully.” 95 points

Gold Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2021

“This is a fresh and well-balanced Rioja. Appealing deep black fruit aromatics, with blueberry and black spices plus a fresh edge of cherry. A dash of Graciano (4%) adds freshness to the elegant palate, which has fine, lively tannins and a core of poised cassis fruit. Brighter red fruit notes of cherry and plum add interest, along with warming spice that lingers on the finish.” 95 points

July Sheppard, Decanter
February 2021


Sela 2016

“The blend of this entry-level red from Rioja changes with the year, and the 2016 Sela is 87% Tempranillo, 7% Graciano and 6% Garnacha, reflecting a cooler year. The aim here is to produce a delicate and pleasant wine to have by the glass or with starters. It fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in oak barrels for 12 months. It’s young and fruit-driven, has good freshness and is easy to drink, with almost unnoticeable tannins.” 92 points

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate
28th June 2019


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,
2nd August 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,
Web Only – 2018


Roda I 2013

“A juicy and fruity red for the vintage. Plenty of berry and stone character. Medium body, soft tannins and a flavourful finish. Easy and delicious.” 93 points

James Suckling,
26th July 2019

“2013 was an unusual growing season, a wet year after two very dry ones, with cooler temperatures that resulted in a late flowering and a very late harvest because ripening was almost three weeks later than normal. The 2013 Roda I is pure Tempranillo, as they didn’t use any Graciano this time, and they had to sort and select the grapes and produced a lot less of this first wine. It has some herbal aromas, and it feels lighter than any of the other vintages of Roda I I tasted next to it. It’s fresh and medium-bodied, getting closer to the profile of a Roda. It’s a very good effort for the vintage—it’s clean and focused and manages to get its poise, and the tannins are quite fine.” 93 points

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate
28th June 2019


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,
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


Cirsion 2018

“Expressive nose of black and red cherries, blueberries, plums, vanilla and spice. Cirsion is always a structured wine and at this stage the oak is making its presence felt on the palate. But fine tannins, freshness and juicy black fruit promise more development ahead. One to keep.” 94 points

July Sheppard, Decanter
February 2021


Cirsion 2017

“This has well defined blackberry and black cherry aromas, layered with spice, coconut, cocoa and a smoky edge. The palate unfurls in layers of black fruit, lighter red fruit, delicate spice and cedar, with silky tannins and beautifully integrated oak. Poised and elegant.” 97 points

July Sheppard, Decanter
May 2020


Cirsion 2016

“Released much earlier than the rest of the wines, the 2016 Cirsion is produced with very ripe grapes that they think need less time in oak, and the wine is therefore bottled and released earlier. It’s a blend of Tempranillo with 11% Graciano matured in new French barriques for eight months, bottled and released ten months later. This is young and heady, explosive, with plenty of ripe fruit and a hedonistic profile. It has abundant, very fine tannins and a good thread of acidity going through its core that lifts the finish. It’s unashamedly modern and showy.” 95 points

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate
28th June 2019

“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,
8th October 2018