2003 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja

($44) Ruby-red. Attractive strawberry and raspberry aromas are complemented by fresh rose, vanilla and baking spices. Supple and sweet, with medium weight and spicy red berry flavors that gain depth with air. Takes a turn toward darker berries on the finish, which is lightly tannic and impressively long. While this has ample concentration and the balance to repay cellaring, it's awfully hard to resist now.


2003 Bodegas Roda Roda I Rioja

($73) Bright purple. Sexy dark berry and candied cherry aromas are deepened by suave oak spice, patchouli and gingerbread. Sweet cassis and mulberry flavors are deepened by a lightly roasted, meaty quality. This gained sweetness with air, taking on floral pastille and vanilla qualities that carried into the long, clingy finish. Very suave for this ripe vintage.


2005 Bodegas Roda Cirsion Rioja

($303) Dark ruby. Explosively perfumed nose offers a sexy bouquet of ripe blackberry, kirsch, licorice, mocha and sandalwood. Plenty oaky but packed with fruit too, displaying a complex array of red and dark berry flavors accompanied by suave chocolate and dark toffee notes. Tannins are nicely absorbed, adding gentle support but not overpowering the ripe fruit. Picks up a floral pastille quality on the long, sappy finish. (Kobrand Corporation, New York, NY)

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