Bodegas Roda – Sela 2014

I was quite excited to receive this recent sample as I’d tasted the Sela 2013 sometime back and found it to be not only a great wine, but also a great value.

I’m not really sure what happened here with the 2014 vintage as I was under the impression that Rioja wasn’t hit as badly with the early rains that were experienced more to the eastern parts of Spain and around the Mediterranean. In fact, I’ve tasted some very nice ’14s from Rioja recently which is what made this an oddball.

It was lacking in the depth of the previous wine and it wasn’t an issue with the bottle itself but more that the grapes were picked underripe. I suppose their promo material that came with the wine states it all as they apparently their vineyards did indeed get hit by the rain in September and they had to do a heavy selection in this “year for the table“.

Ultimately, the wine is “fine” but it’s just that in comparison to the vintage that came before, it’s hard to make much out this wine and whereas ’13 seemed very well priced, this ’14 seems overpriced.

This bottle was provided as a review sample by the winery

Sela 2014
Dark cherry, stripe of vanilla, spicy herbs, and a bit of tar. Good wealth of tannins but a bit lacking in overall structure and short in the finish. Tight and green with little length or great possibility to age.

93% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano, 2% Grenache 14% 16€