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Rodney Strong Chardonnay Sonoma County 2005

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Our founder, Rod Strong, spearheaded the establishment of the Chalk Hill appellation in 1983. He recognized the region as distinct from the rest of Russian River Valley for the unique chalky white soils, which impart a subtle mineral character to wines grown there. The 2005 vintage began with a rather late bud break during an unseasonably cool and wet spring. Record May rains luckily came before bloom for chardonnay, and an average to cool summer further contributed to a harvest about three weeks later than normal. Fortunately harvest conditions were rain free with ideal temperatures for all varieties, and we finished bringing in our chardonnay by the 18th of October. Each Chardonnay vineyard, and each "block" from within each vineyard, was harvested separately, vinified separately, and evaluated individually as a potential Reserve component. After fermenting in new French oak barrels, this wine was aged "sur lie", or on its spent yeast cells, for 20 months. Frequent stirring of these lees added a creamy texture to an already full-bodied wine, making for a rich, plush mouth feel. Powerful aromas of vanilla, baked apple, and spice join stone fruits and toasty oak on the palate, adding up to a compelling and thoroughly satisfying experience for true Chardonnay lovers. This selection is only available for purchase online or at our tasting room. 2005 Acclaim - : GOLD - California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, June 2007 91 POINTS - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 2007 90 POINTS - Wine Spectator, January 31, 2008 2004 Acclaim GOLD - Orange County Fair Wine Competition, June 2006 Sugar: .18 Oak: French

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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 Chardonnay Sonoma County

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,757
4.50 5
12/22/2008

Milky at first, tight then turning very herbal with bay leaf and spicy herbs before adding pencil lead, leather, and tea tones. Dark and brooding with big yet suave tannins that give this a high end Bordeaux like mouth feel. Very fresh and with very fine balance to the creamy mouthfeel. The acidity is bright but integrated adding to the polish yet lean feel. Lush with good depth of flavor, this is a seductive style of winemaking that knits together deep fruit with good length in a suave polished style. This developed lovely green tobacco and green coffee nuances on the long finish. Delicious and really enjoyable to drink, this improved all night long 2008-2016 92pts


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Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.00 5
12/22/2008

Another well performing wine. Very herbal - lime leaf and basil. Good acidity. Strongly acidic and comes over slightly lean, but overall its fresh and bright, and comes over well. Tasted at the Snooth PTP California Cab blind tasting: http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/snooth-ptp-california-cabernet


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
3.00 5
01/01/2009

Second time I've tasted this wine. The first was at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. Lost my notes from the fair but recall it being very good. Tasting it blind restrained my thoughts. This wine was very dark and muted at first take. It did have spice and black fruit as it opened up. Good tannins and balance but needed time to open out.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.50 5
07/20/2009

Nice, tasty oaky chardonnay. Very silky mouthfeel with a pleasant creaminess. Lots of oak, vanilla and cinammon notes throughout. Spiced red apple cider flavors on the finish.


Snooth User: Cysa04
10504250
1.00 5
04/16/2009

Heavy heavy butter. Poor finish.


Snooth User: Zorin
9125836
3.50 5
12/07/2008

To me this was a very dry wine, which I like very dry wines, full bodied, with small hints of oak at the end.


External Reviews for Rodney Strong Chardonnay Sonoma County

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Source: Sonoma Harvest Fair
11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Bronze Medal



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Our founder, Rod Strong, spearheaded the establishment of the Chalk Hill appellation in 1983. He recognized the region as distinct from the rest of Russian River Valley for the unique chalky white soils, which impart a subtle mineral character to wines grown there. The 2005 vintage began with a rather late bud break during an unseasonably cool and wet spring. Record May rains luckily came before bloom for chardonnay, and an average to cool summer further contributed to a harvest about three weeks later than normal. Fortunately harvest conditions were rain free with ideal temperatures for all varieties, and we finished bringing in our chardonnay by the 18th of October. Each Chardonnay vineyard, and each "block" from within each vineyard, was harvested separately, vinified separately, and evaluated individually as a potential Reserve component. After fermenting in new French oak barrels, this wine was aged "sur lie", or on its spent yeast cells, for 20 months. Frequent stirring of these lees added a creamy texture to an already full-bodied wine, making for a rich, plush mouth feel. Powerful aromas of vanilla, baked apple, and spice join stone fruits and toasty oak on the palate, adding up to a compelling and thoroughly satisfying experience for true Chardonnay lovers. This selection is only available for purchase online or at our tasting room. 2005 Acclaim - : GOLD - California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, June 2007 91 POINTS - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 2007 90 POINTS - Wine Spectator, January 31, 2008 2004 Acclaim GOLD - Orange County Fair Wine Competition, June 2006 Sugar: .18 Oak: French

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