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Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

"A deep, saturated color leads to lifted aromas of blackberry, cocoa, and herby black-currant, followed by a rich, layered mouthfeel, loaded with juicy black cherry, cedar, and crème de cassis, and structured with ripe, mature tannins." -Winery

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 Estate Vineyards Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464741,098
3.50 5
10/17/2014

Slightly herbal notes of blackberry and black cherry, with a hint of basil. Flavors are full and round, full of cassis, a bit of leather, loads of well balanced oak and cream and a nice warming heat. Finishes clean and long with a bit of tobacco, leather and cocoa powder.


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Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
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4.40 5
10/17/2014

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
12/11/2014

A powerful Cabernet from the hillsides of Alexander Valley: Lush, dark berries and ripe plums dominate the glass, while hints of cassis and cocoa play in the background. The firm, mature tannins give this wine a strong backbone, while the 17 months of barrel aging have softened this bold wine just enough to enjoy now. Drink over the next five to seven years. - Winery CELLAR & FERMENTATION: 17 months in 100% French oak barrels ALCOHOL: 14.5% TA: 0.58 g /100 mL PH: 3.81


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
12/11/2014

TASTING NOTES: Our 2012 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon is rich with dark cherries, plum, spices and black pepper. The palate is full with medium tannins and a lush finish. OUR STORY: At Rodney Strong Vineyards we focus on modern artisan winemaking, exclusively from Sonoma County, California. Our family-owned winery is committed to quality wines and to protecting our resources for the future. We are certified sustainable, practice Fish Friendly Farming and we are Sonoma County’s first carbon neutral winery. HISTORY: Rodney Strong recognized in the late 1960s that Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley was an exceptional area for heat loving Cabernet Sauvignon. He planted our first Cabernet vineyard in 1971, Alexander’s Crown, on a small hill in Jimtown, and the reputation for fine Sonoma County Cabernet has never looked back. Today we have three exceptional Cabernet vineyards, from Jimtown, to Geyserville, and all the way north to Cloverdale, planted in the well-drained alluvial, volcanic, and uplifted shale/sandstone soils that make Sonoma County an ideal place for this noble grape. THE VINEYARDS: The 2012 vintage started off warm and dry, with little to no frost. By mid-summer people were beginning to whisper about how perfect the growing season was going. Rain-free warm days and cool nights were the rule, with no storms or heat spikes. The real cheering began when we finally started picking the fruit a full sixteen days earlier than the year before, which feels like eons at harvest time. We harvested this Cabernet in September and October. - Winery CELLAR & FERMENTATION: 15 months in small French and American Oak barrels ALCOHOL: 13.5% TA: 0.57g/100mL PH: 3.75


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
02/07/2015

Aromas of blackberry, cocoa, and currant lead to a rich, layered mouthfeel, replete with black cherry, cedar, and cassis, and structured with lush, mature tannins. Enjoy this seductive cabernet sauvignon now and over the next several years.



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"A deep, saturated color leads to lifted aromas of blackberry, cocoa, and herby black-currant, followed by a rich, layered mouthfeel, loaded with juicy black cherry, cedar, and crème de cassis, and structured with ripe, mature tannins." -Winery

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