Roda Rioja Wine Tasting with Special Guest Maria Santaolaya

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 07:30 PM

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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 luck 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 when they are all over 10 years old now I think the prices on the wines on this offering are incredibly reasonable.  All of the wines on this offering just arrived from Rioja a few weeks ago and how it’s time to see how they are drinking.  We will be opening over a dozen of these RODA wines all over 10 years of age and all of them came directly from the cellars of RODA in the town of Haro.  Provenience is everything and this is the best possible scenario for collectibles. 

Join us as we welcome the next generation of family from Roda Maria Santaolaya to guide us through a tasting of the new releases from Roda along with a vertical tasting of older releases back to the 1996 vintage.  The fee for this tasting which includes dinner is $125 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com.

 


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Roda Rioja Wine Tasting with Special Guest Maria Santaolaya
Thursday, October 3, 2019
7:30 PM


Bodegas Roda Reserva 2015 
Price: $54.00       Sale $47.52         

(93 Points) “The 2015 Roda is a blend with more Garnacha, up to 8% (from 3% in 2014), and the Graciano epresents 6%, which complements the 86% Tempranillo. All of these wines ferment with indigenous yeasts, and this 2015 matured in French oak barrels for 14 months, 40% of the barrels new and the rest second use. It has great balance and a juicy palate, with fine tannins and a pleasant mouthfeel. A very good Roda.” - Luis Gutierrez.  Wine Advocate             

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Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I 2012
Price: $87.50       Sale $77.00

(93 points) Vivid ruby-red. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe dark berries, cherry preserves, vanilla and potpourri, with a smoky mineral quality adding vibrancy. Sappy, seamless and broad on the palate, offering alluringly, concentrated sweet blackberry, cherry-cola, spicecake and violet pastille flavors and a touch of mocha. Shows impressive persistence on the supple, floral- and spice-driven finish, which is framed by fine-grained tannins that sneak in slowly. (JR) (2/2019) Vinous
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Bodegas La Horra Corimbo Ribera Del Douro 2014  
Price: $37.50       Sale $33.00
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Bodegas La Horra Corimbo Ribera Del Douro I  2012 
Price: $75.00       Sale $66.00

Using experience and knowledge gained in La Rioja, the dynamic team at Bodegas Roda commenced this project in Ribera del Duero in 1999, utilising their experience and incredible know-how of Tempranillo but in the context of the Ribera del Duero region.

Corimbo comes from 20 year old vines and has a rich bright fruit core thanks to a shorter maceration time. Corimbo I (launched with the 2009 vintage) comes from 40 year old vines and features darker more restrained fruit. The success in both wines is thanks to the high altitude of the vineyards, so despite a continental climate, these wines are supremely elegant and well balanced. Everything you might expect from the Roda team.

Vertical Tasting of Older Vintages:

1996 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda II
1998 Bodegas Roda Rioja Reserva Roda II
1999 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda II
2000 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda II
2000 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I
2002 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I
2002 Bodegas Roda Reserve
2003 Bodegas Roda Reserva
2004 Bodegas Roda Reserva
2005 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I

Menu
Jamon de Serrano and Manchego
Mongolian BBQ Rack of Colorado Lamb with Torta Espanola
Creme Flan with Pedro Ximenez Caramel Sauce

The fee for this RODA tasting which includes dinner is $125 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com.
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:
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Roda II or Roda Reserva after 2002
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.
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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.

1993 Bodegas Roda Rioja Reserva Roda II
Price: $75.00    Your Price: $66.00    Quantity in Stock: 4
1996 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda II
Price: $75.00    Your Price: $66.00    Quantity in Stock: 7
1996 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I
Price: $115.00    Your Price: $101.20    Quantity in Stock: 4
1998 Bodegas Roda Rioja Reserva Roda II
Price: $75.00    Your Price: $66.00    Quantity in Stock: 7
1998 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I
Price: $115.00    Your Price: $101.20    Quantity in Stock: 8
1999 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda II
Price: $75.00    Your Price: $66.00    Quantity in Stock: 8
2000 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda II
Price: $75.00    Your Price: $66.00    Quantity in Stock: 10
2000 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I
Price: $115.00    Your Price: $101.20    Quantity in Stock: 10
2002 Bodegas Roda Reserve Roda
Price: $75.00    Your Price: $66.00    Quantity in Stock: 10
2002 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I
Price: $115.00    Your Price: $101.20    Quantity in Stock: 10
2003 Bodegas Roda Reserva Roda
Price: $75.00    Your Price: $66.00    Quantity in Stock: 19
2003 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I
Price: $115.00    Your Price: $101.20    Quantity in Stock: 6
2004 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I
Price: $115.00    Your Price: $101.20    Quantity in Stock: 1
2004 Bodegas Roda Reserva
Price: $75.00    Your Price: $66.00    Quantity in Stock: 14
2005 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I
Price: $115.00    Your Price: $101.20    Quantity in Stock: 8
2005 Bodegas Roda Reserva Roda
Price: $75.00    Your Price: $66.00    Quantity in Stock: 2
2006 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I
Price: $82.50    Your Price: $72.60    Quantity in Stock: 1
2006 Bodegas Roda Reserva Roda
Price: $58.50    Your Price: $51.48    Quantity in Stock: 4
2007 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I
Price: $82.50    Your Price: $72.60    Quantity in Stock: 2
2007 Bodegas Roda Reserva Roda
Price: $58.50    Your Price: $51.48    Quantity in Stock: 6