Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2012
Editorial Reviews for Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County
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.
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County
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
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