Roda Cirsion 2009
It's no surprise that this wine is produced in limited quantities, given that a team of pickers specially trained to detect these grapes, find them in about one vine per one thousand. This selection of grapes, literally on a bunch by bunch basis, is a level of fastidiousness rarely seen and just blows my mind. It also makes you realise how much more than the sell price, this wine must actually cost to make.
The wine is 100% Tempranillo, sees 100% new oak, which is unusual for Rioja, and is only made in suitable years. 2009 was a cracking vintage and one Roda is very proud of, claiming it as one of the best they've produced.
This is an amazing wine. Straight away you notice the dense, dark colour in the glass and wow – what a mouthful. Plump and inky, it immediately hits you with sweet, smoky oak and deep, delicious flavours of plum, dark chocolate and spice, all balanced beautifully with smooth, firm tannins. It's a contradiction - a big, yet elegant wine - the result of being so well balanced. The tannins are perfectly matched with the power and depth of the fruit. It differs from the other wines with its sheer level of concentration and complexity. There's also much more earthiness and savoury elements than the previous wines, but always that overriding long, long, long and silky, smooth finish. You can get lost in a wine like this. I could go on… but I won’t.
It's only recently released, however it's already been given 95-98 points from the ever influential Robert Parker's Wine Advocate and 93 points from Wine Spectator.