2013 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja

SKU #1369875 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 As the 2012 is already sold out, the 2013 Roda is the one in the market, and it has been in bottle since July 2015. 2013 was not an easy vintage, and they had to harvest selectively to come to this blend of Tempranillo with 3% Graciano, which has higher acidity than normal after the usual natural fermentation in oak vats and élevage in barriques. This is a completely different vintage from 2012, as 2013 was a very cold and wet year; the Mediterranean varieties did not achieve enough ripeness, and they couldn't include any Garnacha. The rain was needed after two very dry years, but the ripening of grapes was not homogeneous. It's an atypical year after 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, with fine wines, lots of freshness and vibrant tannins—a truly Atlantic, cool-climate vintage. (LG) 92+  (2/2018)

Wine Spectator

 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. (TM, Web Only-2018)

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. This is typically a wine of deep pitch and heft, but one that feels exceedingly well balanced, all the more impressive in the cooler 2013 vintage. This is Rioja for fans of Napa Cab and right bank Bordeaux. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)


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