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...
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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%