(1996 Vintage) An estate project begun in the late 1980s with the goal of producing the finest red wine in Spain. Certainly very few wines in the world match Rodas combination of concentration, finesse and minerality. 1996 produced a spicier (cloves predominant), more nervy wine than 1994 and 1995, with similar weight. The 1997. arriving in late Spring, displays great mineral complexity and length, the result of a late harvest of ancient vines. 100% Tempranillo, aged 24 months in oak.
Robert Parker(1998 Vintage) "Made from 100% Tempranillo from 60-year ld vines, the 1998 Roda I reserva spends more time in French Oak, and is bottled unfiltered. A beautiful nose of black cherries, cassis, smoke, and toast is followed by a pure, medium-bodied offering possessing excellent purity, superb texture, and a long, concentrated, seamless finish. It... should drink well for over a decade"
Wine & Spirits(2002 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 12/08