In the late eighties, Mario Rotllant and Carme Daurella arrived in the neighborhood of La Estación, in the Rioja town of Haro, firmly resolved to bring something new to the wine world. The result, twenty five years later, could not be more splendid. Today, Roda is a reference in the region and by extension one of the most well regarded bodegas on the Spanish wine scene. Its philosophy is founded on the following principles: use only native grape varieties, Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano; total respect for the vintage; only produce wines on the property and finally, make wine that draws out the guts of the vineyard, soil, climate, landscape, and wines which are made for enjoyment.
Deep black. Totally opaque. Very fine tears.
Highly perfumed. Overwhelming. Very noticeable notes of black fruit gradually emerge. Very definite cocoa aromas. Aromas of wet earth. Fresh. Very pleasant. A delight.
Big, silky, pure pleasure on the palate. Very fine, elegant tannin. Very pronounced flavours of wild berries with soft smoky and spicy notes. Really nice on the finish. Terrific.
Cirsion was the result of a simple realisation which came to the Roda people from the vineyards. When observing and tasting the clusters of grapes in situ in the vineyards they noticed that some varieties were able to produce a fruit with a level of balance and fullness which was greater than that expected of quality grapes. They studied the uniqueness of the phenomenon in their vineyards and noted the repetition of the same phenomenon over several crops. This led to the appearance of the first Cirsion in 1997. The wine sees less oak, barely twelve months, and shows a volume and a surprising amount of silkiness. Although it may seem exaggerated, this 2009, tasted blind as all the wines are, left the entire Selectus Wines tasting team absolutely speechless. It is really delicious and although young, extremely accessible and very pleasant drinking. It is a complete wine which will improve over time. A massive hit.