Bodegas Roda Cirsion Rioja 2003
Cirsion is produced in minuscule volumes and first appeared in 1997. Since then it has won numerous awards including several wines of the year awards in the Spanish wine press. Cirsion (the name of the thistle which is Rodas logo) is a winemaking project based on a theory of tannin development in perfect old vine Tempranillo. Under exceptional conditions, Roda are able to identify very small parcels of fruit which naturally exhibit long-chain (ie winelike) tannins in the berry rather than the more usual model of softening short brittle tannins with barrel and bottle maturation.
Cirsion is a very serious concentrated complex powerful beast - but this power extract and expression is amazingly harnessed by the full unbelievably supple tannin structure. A grand cru anywhere in the world.
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