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The meteorological vintage began with a very dry autumn and the reservoirs practically empty. December gave a change with rains and for “Reyes” (January 6th) it rained and snowed causing a circulatory chaos in some roads. Winter ends being very cold and with swamps to overflowing.
Sprouting arrives somewhat delayed and with more than 280 mm. of rainfall since January.
Spring was very cold and rainy.
Flowering was late, the most delayed in recent years.
July came with heavy storms and hailstorms. On the 8th the hail affected a good part of our vineyards in Villalba, Briñas, Haro and Gimileo.
Mildew attacks developed mainly in Rioja Media and Alavesa.
August was dry with some hot spots and cool nights. The veraison was also late.
Cluster mildew appeared, especially on faces affected by hail. The floors were very wet, and it was difficult treating them.
Wood diseases appeared more virulent than usual.
It was a year of abundant harvest in the D.O. although it was not the case of the RODA vineyards that had lost part of their production due to hail in July.
In September there were storms with rains that caused botrytis. Stunning pictures of Logroño flooded during the festivity of San Mateo.
At the end of September, the temperatures were very high. The harvest was also late. It began in the last days of September and ended on October 23rd.
668 mm. were collected during the vegetative cycle, making the 2018 vintage the second rainiest in the history of Roda, after 1992. It has been one of the most complicated years meteorologically.
92% Tempranillo, 6% Graciano and 2% Garnacha.
Bush vines over 30 years old, yields limited to 1,5 kgs per vine.
In French oak vats, with controlled temperature.
In 50% brand new and 50% second use, French oak barrels. 16 months in barrels and 20 months cellaring in bottle.
Completely natural methods, clarification using only egg whites.
Deep and vivid red with a red rim. Less covered than other warmer and drier vintages.
It is intense with perfectly integrated oak that leaves details of elegance. The fruity sensation is black and red at the same time, reminiscent of plums and fresh cherries.
There are sweet fine spices in the range of cinnamon and cloves. The nose is finished off with the freshness of humid earth on rainy days.
It has medium and continuous volume, without troughs and highlights the freshness. There is a lot of fruit in the mouth and the cherry stands out over the plum. It brings back the memory of the part of the fruit that is next to the bone.
Fresh and enveloping at the same time, with fine and lively tannins that mark a line of nerve in the wine. It has the length of the Atlantic vintages in which freshness is maintained and liveliness is present. It will be a long-aged wine that will refine its details even more in the bottle.
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