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Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2006

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93 Points - Wine Spectator Firm intense and concentrated rich and layered this full-blown red shows dense chewy currant anise mineral sage and cedary tobacco flavors that gain weight depth a

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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 Sonoma County

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.50 5
03/10/2010

The nose on this shows unexpected restraint with pencil lead, black currants, cocoa, licorice and hints of dried thyme slowly rising from the glass. In the mouth this is rather concave at first with nice acids popping from the fruit across the mid-palate. It’s a taut, almost lean wine that keeps its considerable power hidden away. The tannins are very fine and very ripe and the oak influence, though noticeable is very nuanced and allows the pure, succulent fruit to take center stage. The finish shows a real release of inner mouth perfume and the tannins become immediately noticeable, while flavors of black fruit and cedar spice linger on the palate. This is a deceptively lithe wine with very appealing and fresh Cabernet flavors that somehow conceal the formidable alcohol of this wine without ever becoming cloying or over the top. Very refined and complex with excellent potential for improvement over 7-10 years in the cellar. 93pts


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Snooth User: EDB
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3.50 5
09/08/2009

A nice surprise for this cabernet. I've tried several other varietals from Rodney Strong and have yet to be let down.


Snooth User: Lucha Vino
24961291,134
3.50 5
12/19/2009

Violet in color with dried cranberries, cedar and a bit of vanilla on the nose. Medium body with dried sweet red fruit and berries with hints of pepper on the long smooth finish. Paired with pasta marinara added to the peppery finish.


4.00 5
03/05/2010

Smooth and inviting slightly briny nose full with blackberries. Flavors have a hint of sweetness to them, are full and rich, silky texture and chewy tannins make for a great mouthfeel. A very nice cab.

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.00 5
11/19/2009

dark fruit characteristics, blackberries, black plums, and currants, very fruit forward and easy to drink, appeared to be a classic california cabernet


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
4.00 5
12/08/2009

This is a Christmas wine. Aromas of gingerbread cookies and clove. The palate is like a fruit filled pumpkin pie with back-end spice and maple syrup. Very dry and warms you up like a burning yule log. I paired it with Kung Pao marinated skirt steak and it was a perfect fit.


Snooth User: solomania9
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4.00 5
03/05/2010

Dusty sweet cherries on the nose. Perfectly balanced eucalyptus, oak, and spice with a light mouthfeel but strong christmas spice finish. Ohh wee!


Snooth User: tabednar
949302,449
3.50 5
07/02/2009

I found this wine at my local grocery store for $8. This was a very good wine for that price. Dark red purple color with aromas of blackberry. Noted hints of cassis and oak with a balanced background of ripe, tame tannins. Very nicely made Cabernet.

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    External Reviews for Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County

    External Review
    11/25/2009

    Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 750ML


    External Review
    Source: CityWineCellar.com
    10/18/2010

    93 Points - Wine Spectator "Firm, intense and concentrated, rich and layered, this full-blown red shows dense, chewy currant, anise, mineral, sage and cedary tobacco flavors that gain weight, depth and dimension. Best from 2011 through 2015." 1,504 cases made.


    External Review
    Source: CityWineCellar.com
    04/12/2011

    91 Points - Wine and SpiritsCool dark cherry flavors build on this wine's lovely texture. It's light in weight, but the flavor continues straight through, finishing on resinous spice. Ready to drin


    External Review
    Source: CityWineCellar.com
    03/25/2010

    Aromas of blackberry, cocoa, and cedar lead to a rich, layered mouthfeel, replete with black cherry, vanilla, and cassis, and structured with lush, mature tannins Enjoy this seductive cabernet sauvignon now and over the next several years


    External Review
    11/12/2010

    The Rockaway Vineyard is 125 acres and turns out dense, small berries with intense flavors that are some the very best Alexander Valley produces. Rodney Strong’s flagship single vineyard Rockaway Cab, is a full-bodied, ultra-ripe Cab that over-achieves every vintage. This 2006 was scored a whopping 96 points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. They said "Impresses for the sheer power of ripeness, but also and especially for the structure. The flavors of blackberries, cherries, currants, cocoa, herbs and sweetly smoked oak are beautiful and complex, yet the tannin-acid balance is near perfect. This single-vineyard wine is one of the finest Sonoma County Cabernets of the vintage. Should age effortlessly through 2014, growing purer and more elegant." Very limited!


    External Review
    Source: CityWineCellar.com
    07/01/2010

    94 Points - Wine Spectator"This well-proportioned red is intense, concentrated and richly flavored, with layers of loamy currant, anise, blackberry, mineral and sage that are full-blown and powerful, yet not without a measure of finesse and elegance."-James Laube, February 28, 2010.


    External Review
    Source: CityWineCellar.com
    04/12/2011

    94 Points - Wine SpectatorThis well-proportioned red is intense, concentrated and richly flavored, with layers of loamy currant, anise, blackberry, mineral and sage that are full-blown and powerful,


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