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Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander's Crown 2012

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The 2012 Alexander’s Crown exhibits ripe flavors of black cherry, plum and violets. The wine is voluptuous, has a rich mouthfeel, soft tannins and a long lingering finish with a touch of mocha. Enjoy this wine now or cellar it for enjoyment in 8 to 10 years. The 2012 vintage started off warm and dry, with little to no frost. By mid-summer people were beginning to whisper about how perfect the growing season was going. Rain-free warm days and cool nights were the rule, with no storms or heat spikes. Situated at the top of a low knoll, the 15 acres of block 1 at Alexander’s Crown face in all different directions. However the favored part of the vineyard is the west face, which catches the late afternoon sun. This 5.7 acre “sun trap” block was picked on October 5th and made up 86% of the finished blend. The remaining 14% of the blend came from Cabernet picked almost two weeks later from the east-facing block, which needed the extra time to ripen, though it’s only a stone’s throw awayfrom the west block. Whereas fruit from the western side of block 1 added delicious layers of deep fruit and soft texture to the wine the eastern part of block 1 added structure and acidity to balance.

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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's Crown

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
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4.00 5
03/03/2016

Powerfully spiced clove, cinnamon and vanilla cream pours off the nose with deep and rich blackberry and black currant notes. Opens up with nice dark chocolate, black olive and espresso up front and good tannic structure around the front of the mouth, then filling in with more rich blackberry and blueberry notes before settling into a warm floral finish that’s oaky and creamy and full. 90 pts



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The 2012 Alexander’s Crown exhibits ripe flavors of black cherry, plum and violets. The wine is voluptuous, has a rich mouthfeel, soft tannins and a long lingering finish with a touch of mocha. Enjoy this wine now or cellar it for enjoyment in 8 to 10 years. The 2012 vintage started off warm and dry, with little to no frost. By mid-summer people were beginning to whisper about how perfect the growing season was going. Rain-free warm days and cool nights were the rule, with no storms or heat spikes. Situated at the top of a low knoll, the 15 acres of block 1 at Alexander’s Crown face in all different directions. However the favored part of the vineyard is the west face, which catches the late afternoon sun. This 5.7 acre “sun trap” block was picked on October 5th and made up 86% of the finished blend. The remaining 14% of the blend came from Cabernet picked almost two weeks later from the east-facing block, which needed the extra time to ripen, though it’s only a stone’s throw awayfrom the west block. Whereas fruit from the western side of block 1 added delicious layers of deep fruit and soft texture to the wine the eastern part of block 1 added structure and acidity to balance.

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Alcohol: 15%

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