2016 Roda Reserva (750ml)

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Consistently garnering 90-plus ratings from wine critic James Suckling, the powerful 2016 Roda Rioja Reserva continues Bodegas Roda's legacy of producing Tempranillo-based wines of exceptional quality and finesse. Founded in 1987, Bodegas Roda is a relative newcomer to Rioja, a 76 hectare property located in Haro, with neighboring wineries including Lopez de Heredia, La Rioja Alta and Muga. As the former importer of such iconic brands as Mondavi, Gaja, Pol Roger and Barons de Rothschild, founder Mario Rotllant credits time spent with top notch winemakers as fueling his passion for excellence. He and winemaker Agustin Santolaya then searched out old growth vineyards in the Rioja Alta for their new project, with a preference for dry farming and the use of natural yeast in fermentation – all considered radical at the time. Meticulously crafted with attention to detail, the Riserva is aged in French oak barrique for 14 months (not the more "vanilla" American oak that is still the norm in Rioja) and then spends 30 months longer in bottle. With a nod to Bordeaux for its age-worthy structure, the proof is in the bottle. The 2016 Roda Rioja Riserva exhibits fresh, lush red fruit with hints of spice and refined tannins, an impeccably balanced Rioja at an amazing price.


Roda farms 295 acres of vines, including 173 acres in estate-owned parcels. This Reserva is a selection from parcels in and around Haro, where the bush vines are more than 30 years old, the blend tempranillo (85 percent) with graciano and garnacha. Fermented in French oak vats and aged in French oak barrels, the wine combines generosity and elegance, with the kind of welcoming presence Rioja so graciously gives. The fruit feels sweetly ripe even as it lasts on a long, dark savor, touching on mushrooms and scents of the forest floor. The wine’s perfume of roses and subtle spice give it an effortless beauty, which seems to define the best of contemporary Rioja.

95 points, Wine & Spirits (Dec 2020)

Blackberry and bark with some black-tea undertones on the nose. The firm, fine and polished tannins are very long and very pretty and add tension and finesse to this wine. Medium body and a lovely texture. Drink or hold.

95 points, James Suckling (Dec 2020)

There's a lot more depth, complexity and harmony in the 2016 Roda than in the more challenging 2017 I tasted next to it. Here, the red fruit profile is more obvious and the oak feels much better integrated, plus the wine has more freshness. The palate is medium to full-bodied with fine tannins and very good balance. This was produced with Tempranillo, 9% Graciano and 6% Garnacha from 30+-year-old vines fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in French barriques (50% new, 50% second use) for 14 months. 139,000 bottles. It was bottled in July 2018. It's polished and approachable, more drinkable than the 2016 Roda I, but it will also age.

93 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 251 - Oct 2020)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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