Roda Sela Estate Bottled Rioja DOCa 2017, Spain

Bodegas Roda was founded in 1987 and is considered “the most modern of the traditionalists and the most traditional of the modernists.” Roda works with a total of 120 hectares – 70 owned by Roda and 50 by contracted growers – all bush vines; no irrigation; minimum intervention (no chemically synthesized products and use of cover crops). Rioja was the first Spanish wine region to obtain DO status, in 1925. In 1991, it was promoted to DOCa (Qualified Designation of Origin), a higher category reserved for wines maintaining a proven consistency and quality over a long period of time. Sela 2017 is 95% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano and 2% Garnacha. Vineyards: Low yielding vines of 15-30 years on limestone soils with chalk layers and poor in nutrients at 450-600 meters elevation in Haro. Winemaking: Malolactic fermentation in French oak followed by 12 months aging in second and third year old French oak barrique. Tasting Notes: ntense, fruity and cheerful, Sela is a wine with a lot of liveliness. Red fruits in the line of fresh cherries dominate with undertones of sage and cedar. The structure is gracefully supported with fine, silky tannins for a persistent, lovely finish.