Rodney Strong Chardonnay Chalk Hill 2009

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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

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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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Member Reviews for Rodney Strong Chardonnay Chalk Hill

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Snooth User: GoinGray
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3.50 5
07/22/2011

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


Snooth User: troutdogz
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2.50 5
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.


External Reviews for Rodney Strong Chardonnay Chalk Hill

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
09/07/2011

Their 2008 was fermented in French Oak and displays yellow apple and pie spice flavors, with a hint of mineral on the long, creamy finish.


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
06/13/2012

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.


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Source: NapaCabs.com
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
01/03/2012

Made from three prime growing regions, Russian River, Chalk Hill and Sonoma Coast, this Chard offers lots of complexity at a good price. Itrsquo;s a forthright wine, rich in peach pie flavors, including the smoky, buttery pie crust, and is entirely dry. Amazingly good when you consider the massive production: 185,000 cases.


External Review
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
05/19/2011

Smooth, ripe and spicy, with lots of pear, melon and apricot flavors that are pure and pleasing. Ready now.


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
11/04/2010

We barrel fermented a bit less than half of this wine, and aged that portion in barrel for 9 months, offering the wine a touch of brown spice and vanilla, while cold fermenting the other half to maximize a fresh fruit-forward character. 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. Enjoy this lively chardonnay now and over the next couple of years.


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Tasting Notes:

We barrel fermented about 60% of this wine, and aged that portion in barrel for 4 months, offering the wine a touch of brown spice and vanilla, while cold fermenting the remainder to maximize a fresh fruit-forward character. 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. enjoy this lively chardonnay now and over the next couple of years.

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

Notes: American and French oak

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 5.6 grams per liter

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