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Rodney Strong Chalk Chardonnay 2009

Member Review by strikingvisage:

Apple, pear, nice fruit and oak in the nose with some butter and toast. White fruit on the palate, more apple than pear, with a good alkaline mineral quality. Fatter and moderately oaky on the finish.

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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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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Snooth User: strikingvisage
14430876
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 03/01/2009

Apple, pear, nice fruit and oak in the nose with some butter and toast. White fruit on the palate, more apple than pear, with a good alkaline mineral quality. Fatter and moderately oaky on the finish.


Snooth User: strikingvisage
14430876
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 03/01/2009

Complex apple aroma- red, gold, baked, even a little green. Notes of honey & oak also in the nose. Hints of sweetness on the palate, balanced with acidity and nice oak.


External Reviews for Rodney Strong Chalk Chardonnay

External Review
Vintage: 2006 11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Gold Medal


External Review
Vintage: 2006 04/09/2008

A perfect example of Sonoma Chardonnay, full of bright peach fruit, crisp, lively and smooth. Hard to believe that one can still find good Sonoma Chard at this price!


External Review
Vintage: 2006 01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThe mouth is fresh and crisp, very lively, with loads of apple and citrus turning very fast to the richer, deeper fruit nuances of melon and peach. The nose is extremely complex due to the length of the fermentation that allows all the elements to blend harmoniously to create the unique style of Chardonnay.




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