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Comparing Roda I and Cirsion Riojas plus new releases tasted

Decanter talks to Bodegas Roda winemaker, Agustín Santolaya, about the winery’s Roda I and Cirsion wines, with exclusive reviews of the latest releases and older vintages.

Founded in 1987 by Mario Rotllant and Carmen Daurella, Bodegas Roda was a breath of fresh air in the traditional Rioja wine scene. Previously working as wine merchants, the couple had no experience of winemaking in the region and took a radical new approach: choosing to make Riojas defined by style.

Scroll down for new-release Roda I 2016 and Roda Cirsion 2018 tasting notes and scores

Their decision was based on meticulous research of vineyard sites in Rioja Alta, with a focus on old bush vines of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano.

Subject to varied Atlantic, Continental and Mediterranean climatic influences in every vintage, these sites allowed the Roda team to create two distinct styles of Rioja.

See tasting notes and scores for new and older vintages of Roda I and Cirsion

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