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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
89065238,750
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
89065238,750
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
89065238,750
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 04/06/2011

We barrel fermented about 60% of this wine, andaged that portion in barrel for 4 months, offering thewine a touch of brown spice and vanilla, whilecold fermenting the remainder to maximize a freshfruit-forward character. Bright lemon and applearomas mingle with hints of toasty barrel complexity,and on the palate, pear and pineapple with spiceand refreshing acidity will have you coming backfor another glass. Enjoy this lively chardonnay nowand over the next couple of years.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
Vintage: 2009 01/06/2011

For the third year in a row, the 2009 vintage started off with a dry spring, which typically produces smaller clusters, smaller berries, and less canopy overall. Spring was mild enough to ward off frost this year, and vines affected from the previous year seamed to rebound. The main growing season was cool to warm and without incident. Picking commenced on September 9th, and all of our Chalk Hill chardonnay was harvested by the end of the month. 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
Source: CityWineCellar.com
Vintage: 2009 04/12/2011

For the third year in a row, the 2009 vintage started off with a dry spring, which typically produces smaller clusters, smaller berries, and less canopy overall. Spring was mild enough to ward off fro


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

Shows nice pineapple tart, lemondrop, buttered toast and vanilla oak flavors, brightened with crisp acidity. Finishes quick and could be more concentrated, but itrsquo;s a very good elegant Chardonnay at a fair price.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 07/14/2011

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 01/03/2012

You have to hand it to Rodney Strong for being able to produce 71,000 cases of this wine at such an affordable price. It shares the ripe peach, green-apple, butter, smoke and spice notes of much more expensive Chards, and the crisp acidity, although not the complexity or opulence. But itrsquo;s a very nice wine, and a good value.


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