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Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Alden Vineyards 2011

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Very nice on the nose with a wonderful bouquet of earth, vanilla, herb, black currant and tomato leaf aromas. This smells like Cabernet should smell. This is very nicely put together with plenty of power but that power is delivered in a rather linear, structured style that brings together black plum, black cherry and black currant fruit over a base of small but firm tannins. The oak is really very well integrated, adding complexity without becoming obvious. This finishes with good length and that nice spicy underlay with hints of vanilla and licorice spicing things up a bit. This is awfully good for the money. 90pts

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Rodney Strong Vineyards:
  Founded in 1959 by Rodney Strong, Rodney Strong Vineyards has one of the richest histories in Sonoma County. It was the first vineyard to plant Chardonnay in Chalk Hill (1965), and the first to release it (1977). It was also the first to plant Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley (1968) and the first to make a single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon in Sonoma County (released in 1974). ... Read more
  Founded in 1959 by Rodney Strong, Rodney Strong Vineyards has one of the richest histories in Sonoma County. It was the first vineyard to plant Chardonnay in Chalk Hill (1965), and the first to release it (1977). It was also the first to plant Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley (1968) and the first to make a single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon in Sonoma County (released in 1974). Success didn’t come overnight: hard work and perseverance, coupled with a strong business sense and tender loving care, allowed the vineyard to prosper. When Tom Klein purchased the vineyard in 1989, a major overhaul was planned, and in a short 10 years, sales grew over 600% to 500,000 cases. Today, Rick Sayre, David Ramey, Greg Morthole, and Justin Seidenfeld, winemakers at Rodney Strong Vineyards, source grapes from over 1,000 acres of vines throughout Sonoma County, across 14 estate vineyards from Alexander Valley, the Russian River Valley, Chalk Hill, and Sonoma Coast. All of these high-quality grapes have allowed the winery to become the success that it is today. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Alden Vineyards

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 12/17/2012

Very nice on the nose with a wonderful bouquet of earth, vanilla, herb, black currant and tomato leaf aromas. This smells like Cabernet should smell. This is very nicely put together with plenty of power but that power is delivered in a rather linear, structured style that brings together black plum, black cherry and black currant fruit over a base of small but firm tannins. The oak is really very well integrated, adding complexity without becoming obvious. This finishes with good length and that nice spicy underlay with hints of vanilla and licorice spicing things up a bit. This is awfully good for the money. 90pts


Member Reviews for Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Alden Vineyards

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Snooth User: armanda
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 04/29/2014

Four glasses


Snooth User: Heather SB
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2000 10/07/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Alden Vineyards

External Review
Vintage: 2006 03/16/2010

Rodney Strong Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Alden Vineyard and all other wine from Rodney Strong Vineyards are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


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Vintage: 2002 03/16/2010

Rodney Strong Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Alexander Crown and all other wine from Rodney Strong Vineyards are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


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Vintage: 1997 01/17/2009

Wine Spectator ReviewHeavily oaked, with toasted oak, vanilla and coconut. Hints of eucalyptus mingle with blackberry and plum flavors. Tannins are well-integrated and the finish turns pretty. Drink now through 2006.



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