Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Single Vineyard Alexander's Crown Vineyard 1997

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The blackcurrant core is alive and well, and there are lots of secondary flavors. I get a bunch of red fruit lurking behind the cassis. There is no... Read more

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Snooth User: WinePaul
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05/09/2009

The blackcurrant core is alive and well, and there are lots of secondary flavors. I get a bunch of red fruit lurking behind the cassis. There is none of the vanilla I sort of expected. It's very clean, with just a hint of oxidation. I'm using the aroma wheel, developed at UC Davis to help me write this. I find soy sauce, sawdust, and gunpowder. It's interesting that I never would have come up with those descriptors on my own, but with the help of the wheel they were obvious.I decanted about 2/3 of the bottle about two hours before serving. I left the rest in the bottle uncapped. Right before we sat down, my wife and I tasted both samples, and found the part that was decanted to be less astringent and more voluptuous. We then decanted the rest of the bottle.To close, this was an excellent bottle of wine. It dates from an excellent vintage, and from a winery that was in fine form.


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