Top Riojas through the ages

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Sarah Jane Evans MW explores the stylistic evolution of Rioja and suggests the best wines to look out for and buy from vintages spanning the last two decades...
Rioja, Rosa Cirision 2006
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Roda, Cirsion 2006

Roda, Cirsion 2006
Cirsion first appeared in 1997, in Haro’s Station District, an ultra-modern neighbour to such famous names as López de Heredia and La Rioja Alta. Cirsion (meaning 'thistle', which is Roda's logo) is the top wine; others may prefer the less intense Roda. Cirsion is Rioja on steroids: superbly made, and a wine that will certainly repay patient cellaring. 18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)
Price £120–£167 Hailsham, Hedonism, James Nicholson, Swig, The Champagne Co, The Drink Shop
Drink 2015–2025
Alc 14.5%

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