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Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2007

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Wine Tasting Notes 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.

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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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Editorial Reviews for Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,190
3.00 5
03/10/2010

This is smoky and herbal with notes of old leather, cigarette ash, cigarette smoke, tomato leaf, tomato, and cassis on the nose. It’s fairly typical Sonoma Cabernet. On entry this is light bodied and soft with plenty of woody tannins and spice notes up front. The acidity is a hint low and the fruit is a bit roasted and fairly dark if low intensity on the mid-palate though with a nice black currant edge. The finish, which shows plenty of toasty oak, is a bit brighter with crisp tannins that add a bit of refreshment to this solid, middleweight Cab. 86pts


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Snooth User: jamessulis
4262201,500
3.00 5
09/16/2010

This wine was a surprise at the Country Kitchen one of the oldest and finest steakhouse restaurants in Portland, Oregon. We didn't expect much, but got so much more. We ordered this wine to go with our Porterhouse Steaks and it was really excellent. Nose of cassis and spice. The taste was that of rich dark fruit . The wood tannins were mellow to medium with a nice soft spice then a hint of vanilla, the smokey finish was quite pleasant. For the price under $15 in the store but more in a fine restaurant this is an excellent medium bodied Cabernet. For the home, this is the one to stock up on and have a few bottles in the winerack for the times you grill red meat for friends or make that Sunday roast.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
3.50 5
03/27/2010

- Tasted at Total Wine & More 3/27/10


Snooth User: JamesR
117547484
4.00 5
09/10/2010

Full body mix of ruch plum and prunes. A good balance. The wife liked it too. She kept saying 'wow' all through dinner.


Snooth User: JamesR
117547484
4.00 5
08/21/2010

Lovely wine. Just like the label says, it has chocolate and blackberry flavors and finished off with soft tannins.


Snooth User: kaliimc
41780254
3.00 5
03/06/2010

My first Cab and was impressed. Looking for more like this to get away from my comfort zone of Merlot's. Any recommendations?


Snooth User: chrisrdavid
68186026
3.00 5
12/17/2010

Good deal for price.


Snooth User: MichelleJ222
83781218
1.50 5
05/11/2011

Not bad but lacks the crotchiness of 2005 and 2006 vintages which I love. Australia's Punch in the Face Shiraz is as good as Rodney Strong's best years.


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External Reviews for Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County

11/12/2010

Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. If showing fairly clear-cut Cabernet character with very proper blackcurrant fruit leading the way in the nose, this bottling fails to follow through on the palate and lacks the fruity stuffing to stave off a rush of hard-charging tannin. It is a little too gruff and dry for its own good at this point, and it makes no promises that it will get markedly better with age.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging.


07/05/2011

"Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. If showing fairly clear-cut Cabernet character with very proper blackcurrant fruit leading the way in the nose


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

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 sauvig


External Review
09/27/2011

A wash of fruit, from blueberry to fig and purple grapes, this supple red is smoothed over by the mocha scents of oak. It is well made, an easy wine for grilled beef.


External Review
05/18/2011

An easy-drinking style that offers aromas of cedar, cigar box, herb and dried currant. Medium- to full-bodied, complex and balanced.


External Review
05/18/2011

Well-ripened black currant and cherry fruit shows oaky, vanilla influences, in this dry, softly tannic wine. It has polish and an easy drinkability that suggest near-term enjoyment.


External Review
08/13/2011

Full-bodied, firm and structured, with aromas of sweet, ripe black cherry, currant and plum. A solid effort that's well focused, ending with tapered fruit, anise and spice.


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Wine Tasting Notes 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.

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