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

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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.

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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
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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.


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



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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.

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Alcohol: 15.00%

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