Roda 1 2010 is, I am sure, the best expression yet of this amazing value deluxe Rioja. In terms of wines that are available, this was my wine of the trip!Dark blood plum, blueberry and licorice with gamey-meaty fruit inset with vanilla, blue florals and soft dark spices. The palate is so complex with wonderfully harnessed power. There’s great minerality entwined with the richness of fruit giving lots of freshness to the wine. Savoury with great depth and beautifully inclusive tannins. It’s seamless in its delivery –sort of like a seriously high end Henschke wine. 2010 is a great vintage, already a great drink, but please try to hold some for another 10 years. We were lucky enough to also taste the 2009, 2005, 2007, 2003, 2002 and 1997 vintages. The 2005 was bloody magnificent and is regarded as their best ever. I believe the 2010 is a strong rival for that mantle. – Ian Cook, FWC – Rioja Immersion 8th October, 2017.