An exploration of wine

244. Bodegas Roda, Roda I Rioja Reserva, 2001

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Book 2 Wine 244

£??; 14.5%

The last of Otters’ contribution to Christmas 2005, and a ripe Rioja from a producer I’d not come across before. Similar quality to the Murrieta Reserva 2000, but probably more ready to drink – riper, gentler tannin. Fairly deep hue for a 100% Tempranillo, with ruby core and rim. Coconut, cocoa and red cherry aromas. A little tannic bite, but above all a decent concentration of spicy cherry flavour, with medium-to-long finish. One to remember, for sure.

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