Bodegas RODA - A study in Rioja wine tasting Friday November 30th and only one night left of Wine Bar till after Christmas- Thursday's menu

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Wine and cheese are ageless companions, like aspirin and aches, or June and moon, or good people and noble ventures.


M.F.K. FISHER, introduction, Vin et Fromage


 


One of the few places where you can still get vintage wines that have been aged at the winery is Spain and today we have an offering on one of the best values in the world of fine wine- Rioja.


This is one of the “New School” Rioja producers, Mario Rotllant and Carmen Daurella are the minds behind this project and I was lucky enough to meet them at the winery on my last trip to Spain in 2001 with Eric Solomon who was the first importer to bring these wines in the US.  I remember visiting the winery in the town of Haro shortly after its completion and being blown away at the facility and the story of their journey to make not only one of Spain’s greatest wines but one that will stand the test of time on a world stage.


After seeing the elaborate set up and hearing both owner’s story of their quest to make the best possible wine which lead them to Rioja it was time to taste the wine and after all that hype, the juice lived up to my expectations.  That was when I asked Carmen what the price of the wines would be.  He just raised his hand and said “don’t ask about the price right now, just enjoy the wine.”  That’s when I figured the price would be high but to be able to acquire all these old wines directly from the source all of which are over 10 years old now I think the prices on this offering are incredibly reasonable. Hey this is no Black Friday or Cyber Monday sale but we only have 11 bottles of most of the wines as we are drinking one bottle of each on Friday night.


This is also a great opportunity to see how these vintages from Rioja are drinking, if you love Rioja this tasting is a must and it will be the last wine tasting at the Wine Watch Wine Bar till after Christmas.  The Wine Bar will be open on Thursday night only this week and I have included the menu for Thursday at the end of this offering. 


The fee for this RODA tasting which includes dinner (and yes we have Jamon de Serrano!) is $115 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com


 


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A study in Rioja with Bodegas Roda
Friday November 30th
7:30pm
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1993 Bodegas Roda Rioja Reserva Roda II
1996 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I
1996 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda II:
1998 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I
1998 Bodegas Roda Rioja Reserva Roda II
1999 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda II
2000 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda II
2002 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I
2002 Bodegas Roda Reserve Roda
2003 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I
2003 Bodegas Roda Reserva Roda
2004 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I
2004 Bodegas Roda Reserva


Menu

Jamon de Serrano, Manchego

Sliced NY Sirloin with Torta Espanola

Creme Carmel


The Fee for this tasting is $115 + tax for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com.  Please let us know if you don’t dig on swine or cow and we will be happy to accommodate you.


A bit about Bodegas Roda:


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Rioja is protected in the north by the Cantabria mountain range, that continues getting together with other mountain ranges to end up in the Mediterranean Sea through the Pyrenees.  The southern part of the Ibérica mountain range separates Rioja from the Castilian plateau and continues, also without interruption, until it gets to the Mediterranean Sea.  These two mountainous systems connect to the West with the Obarenes mountains and this union is just broken by the Ebro river, that cuts the rocks to enter La Rioja and get through it until it discharges in the same sea.


In this area of confluence of these mountain ranges and river is located BODEGAS RODA and its most important growing area.  In the late 80’s, a new generation renews the vine and wine sector. Mario Rotllant and Carmen Daurella arrived in La Rioja with the firm intention of creating a project able to provide the world of winemaking with something new. This is where a fascinating, ambitious, exigent and unprecedented adventure began: BODEGAS RODA.


BODEGAS RODA is located in the edge of the river Ebro, in a balcony of the Railway Station District (Barrio de la Estación) in Haro, La Rioja, over a XIX century “calado”. The vine growers used to use it to stock their harvests, that would be, subsequently, sent to Bordeaux by train to mitigate the damages caused by phylloxera.


RODA was founded in 1987. Four years after the foundation the construction of the winery begins, it finished in 2001.


The facilities where custom-made according to the necessities of the RODA wines: adapting in each phase, the number of vats to the selected vineyards in each vintage, a bioclimatic room, product of an unprecedented bet for innovation, and two aging rooms directly bored in the rock.


There are quite a few things that made RODA revolutionary in Rioja when they started in the late 1980's.   In RODA wines from other vintages are never used to modify or refresh the present vintage?  In order to keep the identity of the vintage in their vineyards, they don’t even buy wines from other wineries.


RODA controls around 20 vine parcels distributed in the best ecosystems of the area, from which every year only the best ones are vinified?


Unlike many producers in Spain the vinification is made in French oak vats with temperature control.  In addition, the aging is 100% made in French oak barrels.


RODA has always understood the landscape as the vision of a group of excellent vineyards where that game of different Atlantic, Mediterranean and Continental climates generates the diverse configurations of Tempranillo, ripened in a profile of red fruit to make RODA or in a profile of black fruits to make RODA I.


RODA cultivates 120 hectares of vineyard, 70 of those are self-owned and the 50 hectares left are from local growers with which we have different agreements. They are distributed in different ecosystems that go from altitudes of 380m to 650m above sea level.


RODA vineyards are in an environment with the influence of three different climates.


The Cantabria and the Ibérica mountain range, merge in the Obarenes Mountains, a mountainous barrier only cleaved by the Ebro river. In this area we find the RODA vineyards where the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Continental climates capriciously play.


 


All the RODA wines in the store:


Roda II or Roda Reserva after 2002
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2007 Bodegas Roda Reserva Roda

Price: $58.50    Your Price: $51.48               Quantity in Stock: 12

Roda II, like Roda I, spends 24 months in French oak barricas and one year in bottle prior to release. A top wine, resulting from a selection of barrels which appear friendlier and more approachable in youth than those destined for Roda I. 75% Tempranillo, 25% Garnacha (old vines), also aged two years in French oak.

In RODA we look for the parcels that that year have ripened in a red fruit profile, with the expression of the aromas present in the edge of the glass, ready to be felt immediately; with sweet spice notes and a kind freshness. In the mouth the red fruit carries the importance, with a fresh, long, silky, voluptuous and continuous mouth pass.


Before vintage 2002, RODA was called RODA II.


2006 Bodegas Roda Reserva Roda

Price: $58.50    Your Price: $51.48               Quantity in Stock: 12


2005 Bodegas Roda Reserva Roda

Price: $75.00    Your Price: $66.00               Quantity in Stock: 12


2004 Bodegas Roda Reserva Roda

Price: $75.00    Your Price: $66.00               Quantity in Stock: 12


2003 Bodegas Roda Reserva Roda

Price: $75.00    Your Price: $66.00               Quantity in Stock: 12


2002 Bodegas Roda Reserva Roda

Price: $75.00    Your Price: $66.00               Quantity in Stock: 12


2000 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda II

Price: $75.00    Your Price: $66.00               Quantity in Stock: 12


1999 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda II

Price: $75.00    Your Price: $66.00               Quantity in Stock: 12


1998 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda II

Price: $75.00    Your Price: $66.00               Quantity in Stock: 12


1996 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda II

Price: $75.00    Your Price: $66.00               Quantity in Stock: 12


1993 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda II

Price: $75.00    Your Price: $66.00               Quantity in Stock: 12


RODA I

RODA I is blended with parcels that that year have ripened in a black fruit profile. The deep black fruit, is almost always dominated by the plumb and supported by mineral notes, chocolate and balsamic sensations, that form an ensemble that slowly flows from the furthest side of the glass until it becomes huge in the entrance of the nose. In the mouth, the volume becomes evident, the fruit complexity nicely surrounds the mouth cavity showing the numerous and polished tannins. The wine gets longer making stronger the retro nasal sensation every time we breathe. A fruity and fresh sensation will last, inviting us to continue drinking.


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2008 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I

Price: $82.50    Your Price: $72.60               Quantity in Stock: 11


2007 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I

Price: $82.50    Your Price: $72.60               Quantity in Stock: 11


2006 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I

Price: $82.50    Your Price: $72.60               Quantity in Stock: 11


2005 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I

Price: $115.00    Your Price: $101.20          Quantity in Stock: 12


2004 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I

Price: $115.00    Your Price: $101.20          Quantity in Stock: 12


2003 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I

Price: $115.00    Your Price: $101.20          Quantity in Stock: 12


2002 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I

Price: $115.00    Your Price: $101.20          Quantity in Stock: 12


2000 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I

Price: $115.00    Your Price: $101.20          Quantity in Stock: 12


1998 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I

Price: $115.00    Your Price: $101.20          Quantity in Stock: 12


1996 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I

Price: $115.00    Your Price: $101.20          Quantity in Stock: 12


 


Thursday Night’s menu -The last night of Wine Bar till after Christmas


White Truffle Oil & Parmesan Dusted Shoestring Fries

$18


Shutty Fries - Montreal Seasoned Steak Fries

$14


Mozzarella & Baby Heirloom Tomato Pizza with Red Onion & Cilantro finished with Balsamic Glaze

$24


Beef Sliders with Truffle Mushroom Aioli & Cabot Cheddar  on Brioche Buns

$28


Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter & Toasted Pine Nuts

$26


Sesame Seared Tuna Medallions served on a bed of Crunchy Asian Slaw finished with Wasabi Crema

$30


Soup & Sammie:

Creamy Tomato Bisque with 12 Grain Grilled Cheese (Fontina &  Stilton)

$34


Panzanella Salad with Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Buffalo Mozzarella & Fresh Basil

$20


Tagliatelle Pasta Carbonara with smoked Bacon, fresh Parmesan & French Bread Toast

$36


Thai Coconut Curry Grilled Jumbo Prawns served over Basmati Rice

$42


Butter Seared New York Strip served with Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes & Barolo Demi

$46


Caneles de Bordeaux French Vanilla & Rum Cakes

$15


Dark Chocolate Crème Brulee

$15


 


Cheese and Charcuterie


Meat Selections

$5/1 ounce Serving


Prosciutto di San Daniele

Solera Chorizo-Mild

Coppa Spicy- Bellantani

Coppa Sweet- Bellentani

Chubs- Cacciatori Salumi

Bresaola- Italian Dried Beef

Truffle Salami -  Vincenza’s

Speck-Smoked Prosciutto


Cheese Selections

$5/1 ounce Serving


Turtle Creek Chevre Goat

[Oregon]

Willoughby-Super Soft Aged Wash

Rind

[Vermont]

Harbison Brie-Ripe Brie Style

[Vermont]

Papillon Camembert-Sheeps Milk

[France]

OMA- Soft Ripe Wash Rind

[Vermont]

Briar Summit- Raspberry Tea Leaf wrapped Brie Style

[Vermont]

Usi Lussi- Ripe Semi Soft Wash Rind

[Switzerland]

Stilton Blue

[England]

Seahive Cheddar -Sea Salt & Honey Rubbed

[Jersey]

Barely Buzzed Cheddar –Espresso & Lavendar Rubbed

[Jersey]

Cabot Clothbound Cheddar- 14 Month Aged

[Vermont]

Tartufo Caciotta-Truffle Pecorino

[Italy]

Manchego- Raw 12 Month Aged-Sheeps Milk

[Spain]

Reggiano Parmesan Aged 24 Months

[Italy]

Challerhocker Gouda-

[Switzerland]

OG Kristal Gouda

[Belgium]


Wine By the Glass


NV Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve Champagne

(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $12.75

Pol Roger Rich Champagne NV

(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $15.00

2017 Steele Shooting Star Sauvignon Blanc Lake County

(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $7.00

2017 Penfolds Chardonnay Max's Cuvee South Australia

(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $7.00

2011 Samsara Syrah Melville Vineyard Santa Rita Hills

(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $17.25

2012 Steele Stymie Merlot Lake County

(7 Ounce Pour)  Price: $14.50

2014 Napa Cellars V Collection Cabernet Sauvignon St Helena

(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $18.50

2004 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I

(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $39.00

Rare Wine Co. Historic Series Madeira Savannah Verdelho

(2 Ounce Pour) Price: $7.50

Rare Wine Co. Historic Series Madeira Charleston Sercial

(2 Ounce Pour) Price: $7.50

Rare Wine Co. Historic Series New York Malmsey Madeira

(2 Ounce Pour) Price: $7.50

1920 Cossart Malmsey Madeira

(2 Ounce Pour) Price: $115

1908 D'Oliveiras Bual Madeira

(2 Ounce Pour) Price: $89.00

2013 Ramos Pinto LBV

(3 Ounce Pour) Price: $8.50

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