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Rodney Strong 'Chalk Hill' Chardonnay 2016

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

A bit spicy on the nose and quite fresh with pineapple, lemon curd, vanilla and toasty oak aromas. Round on entry and a bit sweet in the mouth, this gains focus with fine acids lending this some firmness on the palate and accentuating the green apple and lime flavors in the mouth. The oak comes on a little creamy and spicy on the backend, contributing just a hint of tannin on the backend and through the tart, creamy, vanilla tinged finish. Very easy drinking and still a bit on the young side with the oak being a bit more pronounced that I would prefer, though this is nicely bright for its style. 88pts

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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 'Chalk Hill' Chardonnay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
3.50 5
Vintage: 2012 03/17/2014

A bit spicy on the nose and quite fresh with pineapple, lemon curd, vanilla and toasty oak aromas. Round on entry and a bit sweet in the mouth, this gains focus with fine acids lending this some firmness on the palate and accentuating the green apple and lime flavors in the mouth. The oak comes on a little creamy and spicy on the backend, contributing just a hint of tannin on the backend and through the tart, creamy, vanilla tinged finish. Very easy drinking and still a bit on the young side with the oak being a bit more pronounced that I would prefer, though this is nicely bright for its style. 88pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/30/2010

Nice citrus notes on the nose are joined by a backdrop of spice. The fruit scents are really quite penetrating with a lemon oil hard candy edge to them. There’s some lemon verbena and touch of talc here as well. Nice and edgy right up front with more lemony fruit on the palate which offers a nicely plush feel without being weighty or fat. The acid is vibrant and keeps this on a fine edge right through the palate and on to the moderately long finish, which shows a mellow suggestion of barrel aging. It’s all about the zesty citrus fruit presented in an uncomplicated, but not easy style that is very cleansing on the finish. This is really a great value. 90pts


Member Reviews for Rodney Strong 'Chalk Hill' Chardonnay

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.40 5
Vintage: 2012 03/17/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: DCStar
29703122
4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 05/14/2014

Loved it, oaky, lemons


Snooth User: GoinGray
737701,347
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 07/22/2011

Pineapple and spice scents. Slick/thick mouthfeel. Cream and spice flavor.


Snooth User: troutdogz
48243749
2.50 5
Vintage: 2009 02/22/2011

Another first for us, we paid $8.99 for this bottle. The color was very light, with nutty notes and even butter in the nose. Slight to medium acidity, with strong pear overtones, subtle notes of apple. Very medium finish. Overall ok, not sure if I'd go there again.


Snooth User: Kyle Graynor
4557977,460
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 06/21/2011

Rich, buttery Chardonnay. A little spicy, and woody. Acidic, but combined with the right levels of heat, it's not too strong. Clean but moderately long finish.


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 11/13/2009

I wish all cali chardonnay was made like this. Small kiss of vanilla oak with a touch of light bubbles. Well balanced and lighter bodied than expected with surprising soft acidity. Great sipper. Not really a food wine, which is fine. Just a really pleasant experience.


Snooth User: MrRiesling
2015421,394
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 05/02/2010

Citrus and oak on the nose. Nice and mild acid on the palate. Well balanced. Enjoyed it with fish.


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External Reviews for Rodney Strong 'Chalk Hill' Chardonnay

External Review
Vintage: 2014 04/07/2016

Barrel fermentation in new and seasoned French oak added toasty vanilla and spice complexities. Creamy and rich on the palate. Encouraging secondary fermentation adds additional complexity, and in the glass the wine is both creamy and crisp, with ripe apple, Meyer lemon, wet stone, and spiced vanilla flavors.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 05/19/2011

Full flavored and elegant, this Sonoma County wine blends crisp apple, pear and pineapples with a soft vanillin oak. A great choice for richer seafood and poultry dishes.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 09/23/2011

Bright lemon and apple aromas mingle with hints of toasty barrel complexity, and on the palate, pear and pineapple with spice and refreshing acidity will have you coming back for another glass.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

Herersquo;s a fine, flavorful Chard. Itrsquo;s got jazzy flavors of white peaches, pineapples, vanilla custard, buttered toast and Asian spices, wrapped in a rich, creamy texture.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 07/06/2011

Winemaker Notes - Barrel fermentation in new and seasoned French oak added toasty vanilla and spice complexities, and during 10 months of barrel ageing, we regularly stirred the lees in barrel, which gives a certain fullness and creamy texture on the palate. Encouraging malolactic fermentation added additional character, and in the glass the wine is both creamy and crisp, with abundant fruit character, mineral, and toasty oak flavors. Enjoy over the next 1-3 years.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 05/19/2011

Light, smooth and silky, with pretty nectarine and vanilla flavors that show more up front than they do on the finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 05/19/2011

Straddles the line between an earthy herbaceousness and riper notes of peaches and apples. Either way, this is a balanced, crisp young wine, with a creamy texture and a very dry finish.


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