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Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2003

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The Alexander Valley signature, or terroir, is evident in this delicious cabernet: bold fruit aromas and flavors centered on red plum and boysenberry, and a rich and mouthfilling texture with soft tannins, all of which we've framed in the finest oak barrels for 18 months. Enjoy over the next 3 - 6 years. Rod Strong recognized the Alexander Valley as an ideal place to grow cabernet sauvignon as far back as 1971, when he planted our first cabernet vineyard, the Alexander's Crown. We are especially proud of our estate vineyards, which we farm meticulously, matching grape variety to soil and climate, and selecting our harvest dates with great care. The 2003 vintage began with a long wet spring, which delayed bloom on most varieties. This was followed by a relatively cool summer, which prolonged harvest initially, but a September heat wave allowed everything to catch up, and we finished picking all of our Cabernet Sauvignon by the end of October. 2004 Acclaim GOLD, 91 Points, "Exceptional - BTI 2008 World Wine Championships 2003 Acclaim Critic's Gold - Critic's Challenge, International Wine Competition, June 2007 Gold - Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, April 2007 3 STARS - Decanter, January 2007 Silver - Monterey Wine Competition, March 2007 Gold - Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, April 2007

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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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External Reviews for Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County

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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Enthusiast ReviewRated 87Well-structured, with firm tannins and acids framing herb, cherry and blond tobacco flavors, with just a touch of smoky oak. The dry finish makes it particularly elegant.Wine Tasting NotesThe Alexander Valley signature, or terroir, is evident in this delicious cabernet: bold fruit aromas and flavors centered on red plum and boysenberry, and a rich and mouthfilling texture with soft tannins, all of which weve framed in the finest oak barrels for 26 months. Enjoy over the next 3 6 years.



The Alexander Valley signature, or terroir, is evident in this delicious cabernet: bold fruit aromas and flavors centered on red plum and boysenberry, and a rich and mouthfilling texture with soft tannins, all of which we've framed in the finest oak barrels for 18 months. Enjoy over the next 3 - 6 years. Rod Strong recognized the Alexander Valley as an ideal place to grow cabernet sauvignon as far back as 1971, when he planted our first cabernet vineyard, the Alexander's Crown. We are especially proud of our estate vineyards, which we farm meticulously, matching grape variety to soil and climate, and selecting our harvest dates with great care. The 2003 vintage began with a long wet spring, which delayed bloom on most varieties. This was followed by a relatively cool summer, which prolonged harvest initially, but a September heat wave allowed everything to catch up, and we finished picking all of our Cabernet Sauvignon by the end of October. 2004 Acclaim GOLD, 91 Points, "Exceptional - BTI 2008 World Wine Championships 2003 Acclaim Critic's Gold - Critic's Challenge, International Wine Competition, June 2007 Gold - Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, April 2007 3 STARS - Decanter, January 2007 Silver - Monterey Wine Competition, March 2007 Gold - Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, April 2007

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