Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Knotty Vines Zinfandel Northern Sonoma, Sonoma County 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

Fresh, bright berry fruit from our heritage russian river vineyard combined with the ripe peppery jamminess from our Alexander Valley vineyards make for wonderful diversity of flavor showcasing the best that Zinfandel can offer in one wine. The 2012 vintage started off warm and dry, with little to no frost. By midsummer 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, beginning on August 27th; a full sixteen days earlier than the year before. We harvested this Zinfandel in September under ideal, rain free conditions.

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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 Estate Vineyards Knotty Vines Zinfandel Northern Sonoma, Sonoma County

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
8346475,835
3.50 5
10/17/2014

Black fruit and earth are strong on the nose. Blackberry preserves and leather palate with cinnamon and clove spice, a good dose of candied black currant, well integrated oak, bramble fruit and vanilla. Good clean finish is long and simple with powdered sugar and cream to accompany the overriding blackberry flavors on the palate.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,820
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 01/01/2012

Lots of oak on the nose here, smoky, toasty and cedary, though there is a nice base of strawberry/black berry fruit to support it. This is very smooth on entry, but bright with juicy acids, helping to perk up the core of brambly blackberry fruit. The oak is not shy on the plate either, and while the fruit keeps up, it’s a tight race, making this a wine for people who dig vanilla, spice and chocolate notes as much as fruit. The finish is packed with chocolate and a little alcoholic burn, making this somewhat reminiscent of a spiced rum cake. 88pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,820
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 04/06/2009

Sweetly earthy like an old pipe with rather intense, spicy red fruits and a dusty, lightly peppery/white pepper quality with background notes of sassafras. Smells balanced and fresh. Really nicely balanced on entry with sweet fresh berry fruit supported by bright acids and moderate yet very well proportioned tannins. There’s a background fudgy tone that adds depth but this is really all about the bright, fresh fruit. Rich and exuberant! A lightly herbaceous, forest floor note on the finish with a lovely spice tone refreshes the palate. Very nice middle of the road Zin. 90pts

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Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 11/28/2009

drinking this on the coldest night of the year and it warms me right up. needed about an hour to open up but it is just perfect with pizza. nice contained fruit bomb with a great raspberry finish.


Snooth User: nphillips
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 01/21/2010

I love it


Snooth User: nphillips
24972031
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 12/31/2009

Really like this and how could you not?


Snooth User: hilltopal
62099415
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 10/25/2010

Still drinking very well in 2010. Like aronowm2 says, it pairs well with pizza. Good fruit without undue sweetness.


Snooth User: rorun
7052597
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 12/31/2010

Smooth best zin


Snooth User: shicholas
9100812
0.00 5
Vintage: 2007 08/07/2011

great!


Snooth User: RobertLarsen
28665126
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 09/20/2010

Four and a half glasses


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External Reviews for Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Knotty Vines Zinfandel Northern Sonoma, Sonoma County

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Source: We Speak Wine
08/06/2014

Fresh, bright berry fruit from our heritage Russian River vineyard combined with the ripe peppery jamminess from our Alexander Valley and Dry Creek vineyards make for a wonderful diversity of flavor showcasing the best that Zinfandel can offer in one wine. Aging for 16 months in French and American oak enhances the Zinfandel's inherent spicy qualities, while the ebullient fruit of this medium rich wine suggests enjoyment over the next two to four years - WineryCELLAR & FERMENTATION: 16 months in French and American Oak barrelsALCOHOL: 15.0%TA: 0.58 g /100 mLPH: 3.85


External Review
Vintage: 2010 01/16/2013

Savings on this Case! When Rod Strong first acquired benchland acreage on the Westside road just behind the winery, he wisely chose to leave untouched the 15 acres of old, gnarled Zinfandel vines that had been thriving there since 1904.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2013

Fresh, bright berry fruit from our heritage Russian River vineyard combined with the ripe peppery jamminess from our Alexander Valley vineyards make for wonderful diversity of flavor showcasing the best that zinfandel can offer in one wine. Aging for 16 months in French and American oak enhances the zinfandel's inherent spicy qualities, while the ebullient fruit of this medium rich wine suggests enjoyment over the next 2 to 4 years. - WineryAppellation: Northern SonomaCellar & Fermentation: 16 months in French and American oak barrelsAlcohol: 15.0%TA: 0.56gm/100mlpH: 3.75


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2009 08/06/2014

Fresh, bright berry fruit from our heritage Russian River vineyard combined with the ripe peppery jamminess from our Alexander Valley vineyards make for wonderful diversity of flavor showcasing the best that zinfandel can offer in one wine. Aging for 16 months in French and American oak enhances the zinfandel's inherent spicy qualities, while the ebullient fruit of this medium rich wine suggests enjoyment over the next 2 to 4 years. - WineryAppellation: Northern SonomaCellar & Fermentation: 16 months in French and American oak barrelsAlcohol: 15.0%TA: 0.56gm/100mlpH: 3.75 ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Vintage: 2008 07/06/2011

Winemaker Notes - Fresh, bright berry fruit from our heritage Russian River vineyard combined with the ripe peppery jamminess from our Alexander Valley vineyards make for wonderful diversity of flavor showcasing the best that zinfandel can offer in one wine. Aging for 10 months in French and American oak enhances the zinfandel's inherent spicy qualities, while the ebullient fruit of this medium rich wine suggests enjoyment over the next 2 to 4 years.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2008 10/24/2011

Fresh, bright berry fruit from our heritage Russian River vineyard combined with the ripe peppery jamminess from our Alexander Valley vineyards make for wonderful diversity of flavor showcasing the best that zinfandel can offer in one wine. Aging for 17 months in French and American oak enhances the zinfandel's inherent spicy qualities, while the ebullient fruit of this medium rich wine suggests enjoyment over the next 2 to 4 years. - Winery


External Review
Vintage: 2007 03/16/2010

Rodney Strong Vineyards Zinfandel 2007 Knotty Vines and all other wine from Rodney Strong Vineyards are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


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Fresh, bright berry fruit from our heritage russian river vineyard combined with the ripe peppery jamminess from our Alexander Valley vineyards make for wonderful diversity of flavor showcasing the best that Zinfandel can offer in one wine. The 2012 vintage started off warm and dry, with little to no frost. By midsummer 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, beginning on August 27th; a full sixteen days earlier than the year before. We harvested this Zinfandel in September under ideal, rain free conditions.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 15.00%

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