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Rodney Strong Knotty Vines Zinfandel Sonoma County 2014

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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 solar powered, certified sustainable, practice Fish Friendly Farming and we are Sonoma County’s first carbon neutral winery. HISTORY: When Rod Strong first acquired benchland acreage on 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. Today we still harvest Zinfandel from those same old vines, along with a handful of vineyards we farm to the north in the Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys. VINEYARD & HARVEST: A mild, dry winter encouraged early bud break in Sonoma County in 2014. The growing season was very warm overall, but tempered by some overcast days in late July and late August plus a heavy drizzle in early September. We harvested this Zinfandel from September 3rd through September 24th under ideal conditions. TASTING NOTES: Fresh, bright berry fruit from our heritage Russian River vineyard combined with the ripe peppery jam from our Alexander Valley and Dry Creek vineyards make for a wonderful diversity of flavor showcasing the best that Zinfandel can offer. This wine offers flavors of blackberry, plum and boysenberry with a touch of red fruit jam and baking spices. Enjoy this Zin now with grilled ribs, roasted vegetables or a chicken barbecue pizza. ALCOHOL: 15% TA: 0.61 g/100 mL PH: 3.69

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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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Source: We Speak Wine
09/06/2017

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 solar powered, certified sustainable, practice Fish Friendly Farming and we are Sonoma County’s first carbon neutral winery. HISTORY: When Rod Strong first acquired benchland acreage on 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. Today we still harvest Zinfandel from those same old vines, along with a handful of vineyards we farm to the north in the Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys. VINEYARD & HARVEST: A mild, dry winter encouraged early bud break in Sonoma County in 2014. The growing season was very warm overall, but tempered by some overcast days in late July and late August plus a heavy drizzle in early September. We harvested this Zinfandel from September 3rd through September 24th under ideal conditions. TASTING NOTES: Fresh, bright berry fruit from our heritage Russian River vineyard combined with the ripe peppery jam from our Alexander Valley and Dry Creek vineyards make for a wonderful diversity of flavor showcasing the best that Zinfandel can offer. This wine offers flavors of blackberry, plum and boysenberry with a touch of red fruit jam and baking spices. Enjoy this Zin now with grilled ribs, roasted vegetables or a chicken barbecue pizza. ALCOHOL: 15% TA: 0.61 g/100 mL PH: 3.69



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