Rodney Strong Chardonnay Sonoma County 2012

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This Rodney Strong Chardonnay is nicely balanced… a round and full middle… a fragrant nose of ripe banana, fresh nutmeg… a crisp, lingering finish.

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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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Editorial Reviews for Rodney Strong Chardonnay Sonoma County

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,375
4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 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


Member Reviews for Rodney Strong Chardonnay Sonoma County

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Snooth User: RandyFisher
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2011 12/19/2013

Green apples and grape fruit. Touch of oak on the finish. Would buy again but wouldn't search it out.


Snooth User: ianrshort
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2011 01/08/2012

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: vin0vin0
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 06/10/2012

Great chard for the price. Nice balance with a touch of oak.


Snooth User: megdeweese
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 06/27/2009

slight hint of butter after decanting, mild citrus, smooth,


Snooth User: cesarhdez
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2.00 5
Vintage: 2006 09/22/2009

Two glasses


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.00 5
Vintage: 2005 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
Vintage: 2005 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.


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External Reviews for Rodney Strong Chardonnay Sonoma County

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
01/16/2014

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
Source: The Wine Buyer
Vintage: 2011 02/26/2013

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
Source: The Wine Buyer
Vintage: 2007 01/15/2009

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesBright 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.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Silver Medal


External Review
Vintage: 2007 03/05/2009

A perfect example of Sonoma Chardonnay, full of bright peach fruit, crisp, lively and smooth. Hard to believe that one can still find good Sonoma Chard at this price!


External Review
Vintage: 2005 11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Bronze Medal


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This Rodney Strong Chardonnay is nicely balanced… a round and full middle… a fragrant nose of ripe banana, fresh nutmeg… a crisp, lingering finish.

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