Wine of the week: this cosmic creation was well worth the wait

From the epic nose to the depth of flavour, everything about this 2016 Rioja is astounding.

2016 Roda I Reserva
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2016 Roda I Reserva, Bodegas Roda, Rioja, Spain

£38 per bottle, £228 for a case of six,; £289.67 per case of six,

We have all had to wait an eternity for the new Bond film to be released, and I have had to sit tight for a slightly shorter period for my favourite ever Roda I to arrive on our shores, and, in truth, it has felt longer than the 007 delay. But, as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait, and the world’s most famous secret agent and this epic Rioja have both hit impossibly high notes with their respective performances. I have followed Bodegas Roda for all of its 34 years, and I have tasted virtually every wine this imperial estate has made, so when I say that this is the most impressive Roda I Reserva I have ever tasted, I hope it spurs you into action. The merchants listed have indicated their enthusiasm for selling this wine, and at give or take 50 quid, it is hard to think of a Spanish red to compare with this cosmic creation.

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It is stunningly well-made and everything from the epic nose to the profound palate, to the oak, fruit and depth of flavour is nothing short of astounding. It is still a baby, but is perfectly balanced and can be enjoyed now. This prodigious wine will run for a decade with ease, and it is a true vinous gem that deserves to strut its stuff on the very best dining-room tables in the land. If you want to grab a cheeky little bit of Roda’s magic for everyday drinking, then look no further than the fabulous 2018 Sela (about £20,,

Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (

Matthew Jukes

Matthew Jukes has worked in the UK wine business for well over three decades and during this time has written 14 wine books.  

Matthew regularly lectures, judges, speaks at wine conferences and runs masterclass tastings for both corporate and private clients all over the world. Matthew is also the creator of his ground-breaking initiative, the One Day Wine School, an indulgent day of tasting and learning first performed in 2006.

He has been the MoneyWeek wine correspondent since 2006 and has written a weekly column for the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine since 1999. His four highly-acclaimed, annual wine reports – the Burgundy En Primeur Report, the Bordeaux En Primeur Report, the Piemonte Report and the 100 Best Australian Wines – are published on his website,

Matthew is one of the world’s leading experts on Australian wine and, with Brisbane-based wine writer Tyson Stelzer, runs an annual competition in Australia to find ‘The Great Australian Red’.  He was made Honorary Australian of the Year in the UK at the 2012 Australia Day Foundation Gala dinner. 

Matthew is a winner of the International Wine and Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year Trophy.  His thoughts, recommendations and tastings notes are followed very closely by the wine world at large.