Rodney Strong Chardonnay Sonoma County 2005
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
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.
Heavy heavy butter. Poor finish.
To me this was a very dry wine, which I like very dry wines, full bodied, with small hints of oak at the end.
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