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  • Tremendously meaty, beautifully cut
  • A swirling, textural dream of a wine
  • Long, silky and elegant with a great future ahead of it
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Purple-Red
Nose Black fruits, charry, with tobacco, violet, meat, lilac, angelica.
Palate Voluminous, ethereal. The feeling of the nose appears caressing the mouth, letting out the freshness of the red fruit among the soil and violets. Fine chocolate filled with blueberry.
Food Pairing Lamb dishes.
Cellaring Ready, but will Keep
Notes A blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano.
Variety Tempranillo
Body Medium - Full Bodied
Oak Type None
Vintage 2012
Region Rioja Alta
Country Spain
Sustainability Organic
Alcohol 14.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Bodegas Roda
Although the founding of Roda goes back to 1987, the building of the winery only began in 1991 and was finished in 2001, being completed in three separate phases. The first part was carried out by the architect Roses, and the last, most emblematic phase was directed by the architects of Llimona Ruiz-Recorder.A vineyard on a terrace jutting out from the Haro Barrio de la Estacion to the river Ebro was transformed into the current winery location. Here, an underground cellar, reaching down 12 metres below the surface, was once used in the 19th century, when local wine growers stored their vintages there before shipping them by rail to Bordeaux to alleviate the crisis caused by the phylloxera epidemic.

Their established old vines produce balanced yields and with their greater depth of root systems and the larger volume of soil explored by them, reduce the effects of both drought and excessive rainfall. They also have the ability to bring greater complexity to the grapes (Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha) which are native to this Spanish region.

Fertilising is kept down to a minimum in the vineyard, most of which comes in the form of manure. Fungal sprays are used sparingly, essentially in the form of sulphur and copper, avoiding where possible synthetic chemical products.
Rioja Alta
There are three main regions in Rioja, with each of them producing quite unique expressions of Rioja wines. To the west is Rioja Alta, in the higher elevated area. This subregion is renowned for its old-world wines that are often lighter on the palate due to the higher altitude. The wines coming out of Rioja Alavesa on the other hand are fuller bodies, with higher acid levels than those from Rioja Alta. The third area, Rioja Baja is the warmest and driest of all, and can in summer months can be exposed to very high temperatures drought so irrigation is now permitted in the region.



The red (tinto) wines of Rioja are generally blends of Tempranillo and Garnacha with lesser amounts of Graciano and Mazuelo. Amongst the white (bianco) varieties, Viura is the most common though normally blended with Malvasia or Garnacha Blanc. Plenty of interesting Rosé wines are produced, most commonly from the Garnacha variety.



Note that wineries in Spain are commonly referred to as bodegas.
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Luis Gutierrez
The top of the range and exclusive 2012 Cirsion is always a controversial wine, no less because of the bulky price tag. It's the prototype of voluptuous and showy modern Rioja, produced from very ripe grapes. Crision is made from only selected vines within a specific plot of very old vines. The tannins are so ripe that they reckon the polymerization of the tannins start inside each grape, and therefore the tannins are very polished and need less time in barrel. That's why the most expensive wine is always released much earlier than the other ones and we're already on the very dry 2012 harvest. The élevage is in new wood, which also makes the wine ready more quickly, but the aging period is quite short at around nine months. It's mostly Tempranillo, but in this vintage it also contains some 10% Graciano, the first time ever. The peculiarity of 2012 is that it comes after a very warm and early vintage, and there was little water in the soil, so it all started quite slowly. 2012 turned out to be an extremely dry vintage with extremely low yields. There are plenty of notes of cocoa, espresso coffee and roasted wood that might need some time integrate in the wine and give way to those aromas of damp earth, violets and small blackberries. The ripeness and style of the oak reminded me of the style of the late 1990s. The palate is ripe and lush, and it does not transmit any heat. Winemaker Agustín Santolaya reckons that the Graciano provided a special freshness that balanced the wine. Yields were low and there was little vegetation, too; it was a special year, with small amounts of quality wines. There is no Cirsion in 2013 or 2014. In 2015, it will also have a small percentage of Graciano. Analytically, it's quite low in acidity, which also makes it soft and round. 3,535 bottles produced.

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