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2008 RODA RESERVA ($ 90) Bode­gas Roda is one of the leading es­tates in Rioja and cul­ti­vates the three indige­nous va­ri­etals that de­fine it: tem­pranillo, gra­ciano and gar­nacha. There's a sense of place in this tem­pranillo-led blend – a spec­trum of ripe, dark berry fruits, earth and struc­tural tan­nins trans­ports you straight to a rus­tic Span­ish vista. Score : 94/100. Avail­able at The Wine Em­po­rium, Padding­ton 2012 RUN­NING WITH BULLS BAROSSA TEM­PRANILLO ( $ 20 ) Tem­pranillo is def­i­nitely get­ting around re­gion­ally in prepa­ra­tion for cli­mate change. This style is gen­er­ous, medium-to-full bod­ied, laden with sweeter pre­serve-like fruits. An al­ter­na­tive drop for diehard shiraz fans and a pos­si­ble gate­way to fur­ther ex­per­i­men­ta­tion. 90 / Ste­warts Wine Co, Padding­ton

2013 GOLDEN GROVE JOVEN ($18) Wine­maker Ray Costanzo is pro­duc­ing ex­cit­ing wines at his fam­ily's Gran­ite Belt es­tate. Joven is a term used in Rioja for fresh, youth­ful ex­pres­sions of wine for im­me­di­ate con­sump­tion. The palate has abun­dant sweet cherry fruit, a touch of spice and a silky soft, light-to-medium bod­ied, drink-me-now qual­ity. 91 / The Wine Ex­pe­ri­ence

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