Bodegas Roda Sela 2008
96% Tempranillo, 4% Graciano
Sustainable viticulture methods in 15 to 30 year-old vineyards planted with bush vines.
From the 10th to the 27th of October 2008.
Spontaneous alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in French oak vats.
12 months in 100% semi-new French oak barrels.
Completely natural methods.
With egg albumin.
Cardboard cases of 6 bottles.
Bottles of 75 cl.
An attractive, lively medium-deep cherry red colour displaying a clean, bright rim with a blue tinge.
Very expressive with well defined fruit character in which fresh red berry fruits, such as cherry, redcurrant and touches of mulberry, come to the fore. The wine shows a youthful, lively, carefree personality but at the same time is complex and serious with slight mineral notes showing through. The oak is almost totally integrated in the fruit. It gives a subtle sensation of unctuousness against a background of spicy and floral hints.
Very fruity, with the same red berry fruit sensations found on the nose. Medium-bodied with no hollow on the mid-palate, which is the hallmark of this winery. Very fine tannins and a silky texture. Very fresh, lively and flavoursome. The fruit flavours come through over the oak. Rich and very long with masses of intense flavours. A mouthful of lovely fresh fruit.
A very dry winter, with 73 mm. rainfall from November, 2007 to February, 2008.
Spring arrived with rain and in May it rained all month. Between March and June there was 443,5 mm. rainfall which matches the total yearly rainfall in La Rioja many years, with 206 mm. just in May.
During the summer there was virtually no rain, only 44 mm. were collected between July and September. We did not see a single raindrop in August.
The peculiarity of the summer, in addition to drought was the cold weather, little sunshine and cool temperatures.
Fortunately, the autumn was spectacular, with sunny days and cool nights.
An ancient harvest, healthy grapes with excellent acidity, with good ripeness, although containing less sugar.
The wines are perhaps lighter than those of other vintages, yet full of life.
An Atlantic vintage which will bring back memories of other times.