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Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Single Vineyard Alexander's Crown Vineyard 2009

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Opening with nice leather and spice aromas this quickly becomes dominated by lots of spicy, nutty oak on the nose. Dark, full and slightly dense on the palate, there's a lot of dark chocolate wrapped around dark fruit here with a spicy, almost peppery finish. This feels and tastes extracted, a bit of a black hole of a wine with a powerful if hot finish. 85pts

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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 Single Vineyard Alexander's Crown Vineyard

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,810
3.50 5
05/20/2013

Opening with nice leather and spice aromas this quickly becomes dominated by lots of spicy, nutty oak on the nose. Dark, full and slightly dense on the palate, there's a lot of dark chocolate wrapped around dark fruit here with a spicy, almost peppery finish. This feels and tastes extracted, a bit of a black hole of a wine with a powerful if hot finish. 85pts


Member Reviews for Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Single Vineyard Alexander's Crown Vineyard

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Snooth User: mdbran
857942145
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 09/06/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 08/16/2010

Caramel, deep darker notes, black berry, blueberry, raspberry combinations on the palate with a nice earthiness on the finish, smooth and delectable with the steak. Nice longer finish than the crozes hermitage I had earlier that night with the same dinner.


Snooth User: WinePaul
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4.00 5
Vintage: 1997 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.


External Reviews for Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Single Vineyard Alexander's Crown Vineyard

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Source: Vines Wine and Spirits
12/15/2012

Deep, dark ruby color, with vibrant red currant, fresh herb, cr?me de cassis, and cedar aromas, this elegant and full bodied wine coata the palate with supple textures, anchored by soft tannins and balanced acidity, with cedar and rich red fruit flavors e


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Vintage: 2006 04/12/2011

Blackberry, red currant and fresh earth are core flavors with the Crown, and are accented by hints of mint and herbs. 20 months in primarily French oak adds a subtle toasty spice component, and both r


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Vintage: 2006 12/22/2010

Maroon Cabernet is Sold Out. Here's another great California Cab deal! One of California’s historic Cabs, when it debuted in 1974 it was the first single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County. Since that time it has proven to be one of the best and most expressive. Because the Alexander’s Crown Vineyard is one of the highest points in the warm Alexander Valley the grapes mature more slowly and take on more complexity and character. This 2006 is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon but individual blocks within the vineyard are all vinified separately. And then a final blend is made. The wine is aged for 20 months in 90% French oak barrels. Additional bottle age has given this wine beautiful integration and development, bringing supple, soft tannins and unique, bordeaux-style flavors of blackberry, olive compote, currants, tobacco and smoke that linger on the finish. There's no 2007 vintage being produced of this wine so grab this '06 and hang on.


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Vintage: 2006 12/07/2010

The end of an era. This is the last vintage of Alexanders Crown Cabernet to be bottled. One of California’s historic Cabs, when it debuted in 1974 it was the first single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County. Since that time it has proven to be one of the best and most expressive. Because the Alexander’s Crown Vineyard is one of the highest points in the warm Alexander Valley the grapes mature more slowly and take on more complexity and character. This 2006 is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon but individual blocks within the vineyard are all vinified separately. And then a final blend is made. The wine is aged for 20 months in 90% French oak barrels. Additional bottle age has given this wine beautiful integration and development, bringing supple, soft tannins and unique, bordeaux-style flavors of blackberry, olive compote, currants, tobacco and smoke that linger on the finish.


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Vintage: 2005 07/01/2010

Blackberry, red currant and fresh earth are core flavors with the Crown, and are accented by hints of mint and herbs. 20 months in primarily French oak adds a subtle toasty spice component, and both rounds and softens this elegant, Bordeaux styled Cabernet into a graceful expression of the varietal that will entreat you to enjoy another glass. Drink this classic "collector's" Cabernet Sauvignon over the next 4 to 8 years.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 03/16/2010

Rodney Strong Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 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.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 05/22/2010

Alexander's Crown Vineyard produced the first Vineyard Designated Cabernet Sauvignon in Sonoma County. Planted by Rod Strong in 1971, the first vintage was the unforgettable 1974, which placed Sonoma County, and the Alexander's Crown, indelibly on 'the map', not to mention garnering top honors by winning the Sweepstakes award at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. Since then, it has continued to gain prominence over the years.Blackberry, red currant, and fresh earth are core flavors with the Crown, and are accented by hints of mint and herbs. 20 months in primarily French oak adds a subtle toasty spice component, and both rounds and softens this elegant, Bordeaux styled Cabernet into a graceful expression of the varietal that will entreat you to enjoy another glass. Drink this classic 'collector's' Cabernet Sauvignon over the next 4 to 8 years.


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