2011 Roda I Reserva Rioja SKU #1373105

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K&L Notes

Located in the famed barrio de estaciones, Roda is the relative newcomer in this historic area of bodegas including Lopez de Heredia, La Rioja Alta and Muga. Their style tends to show more dark fruit flavors, with savory undertones and the grilled, toasty nuances of high quality French oak barrels. A rich, lushly fruited, spicy Rioja, the Roda I is marked by baking spices, dried coconut and other barrel notes, along with an undeniably powerful Rioja Alta profile. Chewy, savory and a really impressive moutfhul of Rioja, this is for fans of Napa Cab and right bank Bordeaux.

Staff Reviews

  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    K&L Staff Member
    While this wine is ultimately firmly rooted in Rioja style, I initially thought the wine’s aromatics and flavor profile were more in line with the more muscular wines of Ribera del Duero. However, with a little aeration in the glass, the wine eventually revealed its true Rioja charm. I like how this wine deftly combines the classic old school elegance of traditional Rioja with just a little more punch and power. The wine has muscle but is balanced quite nicely. You can drink it now (decant!) or hold for another 5+ years. You will be rewarded either way.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    Interesting that this producer is considered part of the modern wave of Rioja producers. Founded in the late 1980s Roda is a relative baby in a region with a rich history going back centuries. However as Decanter magazine writes: "Roda has become the essence of fine-tuned classicism." Whilst being known for "modern" techniques such as the use of new French oak and detailed, scientific clonal selections of Tempranillo; the wine itself certainly comes across as classic and restrained, even in a hot, dry vintage such as 2011. Dusty dark red fruits, leather, red currant and baking spice. Medium plus bodied with good structure and direction. No easy sweetness, but plenty of fruit and layers framed with a good lick of quality oak. A scorched earth minerality pervades the finish with fine grained tannins suggesting great cellaring potential. Lots to like here and the best is yet to come.
    Drink from 2020 to 2030
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Roda is one of Spain's more recent icon producers but we don't hear as much about them as others like Muga or Lopez de Heredia. But they keep good company as their facility is just a few hundred feet away. The wines tend towards a mix of modern polished fruit with one eye looking towards the past. My first nose on this said Ribera del Duero in Rioja clothing. The more opulent confiture of fig jam, blackberry and a touch of bittersweet chocolate emerged. The tannins were sweet and supple. After an hour though, I came back to the wine and that classic Rioja nose had come forward. Still dark fruited and rich, the panoply of spices and potpourri were present. This is detailed and expressive and with just a few more years under its belt will offer an incredible drinking experience. But it's pretty damn good now. Think leg of lamb, slow cooked over wood or just some Manchego cheese and plum jam to round off a meal. This will not disappoint.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose of this wine is complex, layers of spice, plum and earth flow from the glass but you can tell it’s just a fraction of what’s under the surface. While sniffing the wine I was struck immediately by the lack of American Oak, it’s something I just can’t take and this wine uses all French Oak, and because of that you’re able to see much more of the wine and terroir than just the dill flavored American Oak. On the palate this wine is powerful, deeply textured and structured but never in a gritty or grippy way, just sweet tannins. The finish is telling me this is just the beginning, this is a wine that will have a long life and while you could drink it now the future is where this wine will blossom. Excellent wine.
    Drink from 2020 to 2040
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    Roda, located one winery up the bend in the road from Lopez de Heredia, has long been at the vanguard of tradition - particularly with their old vine, en vaso trained Tempranillo - and innovation. Theirs are always intensely flavored, aromatic, spicy, densely structured wines. For me, their evolution of late has been to dial back the new barrels and extraction techniques, while not abandoning the focused yet lushly fruited style which continues to make them some of our favorite Riojas. Particularly for those who are used to top quality wines from Napa and the right bank of Bordeaux - where rich, structured fruit bolstered by top quality oak are stylistic hallmarks -Roda's wines will not disappoint. That said, they also have Rioja's thread of chalky minerality and age quite nicely. Roda I is not their most expensive wine, but when well executed as with this delicious 2011, it is my favorite.


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