Rioja Roda I Reserva, Bodegas Roda 2004
As we didn't have another recent vintage to compare with the 2010 and the expectations were so high, Roda's CEO Agustín Santolaya insisted on uncorking another excellent vintage, the 2004 Roda I, to check on its evolution. The production and source of the grapes was basically the same as today, 100% Tempranillo that, back then, was fermented in French oak vats with indigenous yeasts, followed by aging in barriques for 16 months. There might be some things in common with 2010, which is the current vintage—a very balanced year with great ripeness and acidity, wines with power and elegance and a very slow development. This 2004 is aging at a glacial pace and should have a long life ahead of it. At the time, they produced 184,447 bottles of this 2004. It has been in bottle since May 2006.
|Score: 94||Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (235), February 2018|
The 2004 vintage was a great one in Rioja (as it was in the rest of Spain). The 2004 Roda I Reserva is purple-colored with an expressive, youthful bouquet of wood smoke, espresso, incense, tobacco, black cherry, and blackberry. Structured on the palate, it has enough ripe tannin to evolve for another 6-8 years. Sweetly fruited, it has superior depth and concentration, layered savory flavors, and a lengthy, pure finish. Its drinking window will extend from 2015 to 2034.
|Score: 94||Jay Miller, Wine Advocate (189), June 2010|
Finer and sleeker than Roda below. Aiming for a much more international sort of claret style with some success. Fine and concentrated and soars above the Rioja norm. Probably a bit annoying locally.
|Score: 18||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, August 2008|
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