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

Member Review by WinePaul:

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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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
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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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