Bodegas Roda 'Roda I' Reserva Rioja 2016
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95 Points Decanter
From a warm year, officially rated as 'very good', this is a fresh and well-balanced Rioja. Appealing deep black fruit aromatics, with blueberry and black spices plus a fresh edge of cherry. A dash of Graciano (4%) adds freshness to the elegant palate, which has fine, lively tannins and a core of poised cassis fruit. Brighter red fruit notes of cherry and plum add interest, along with warming spice that lingers on the finish. Deftly oaked In 50% new barrels and 50% second use, for 16 months, with a further 20 months in bottle. Decant if you are drinking it now, but will also keep.