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Rodney Strong Merlot Sonoma County 2003

Member Review by CalKid:

Well how can you go wrong with a Sonoma (or Napa) anything. This is just tthe kind of Merlot we like, not too bold, not boring, well rounded with a bit a of spice and smokiness, great with a variety of food. The wine lives up to its blurb: " ..aged for several months in small oak barrels, it displays plum and berry aromas, a toasty vanilla character {what I am calling the smokiness} and a lingering finish. " We have been very fond of 2003 merlots in general, and particularly ones from Columbia Valley, Walla Walla etc. I would buy on sale anytime, at regular price sometimes (in Palmer Ak ~$16-$17). Can't qjite comment on its ageability though, but I would think should hold up for a couple more years.

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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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Snooth User: CalKid
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3.50 5
11/10/2007

Well how can you go wrong with a Sonoma (or Napa) anything. This is just tthe kind of Merlot we like, not too bold, not boring, well rounded with a bit a of spice and smokiness, great with a variety of food. The wine lives up to its blurb: " ..aged for several months in small oak barrels, it displays plum and berry aromas, a toasty vanilla character {what I am calling the smokiness} and a lingering finish. " We have been very fond of 2003 merlots in general, and particularly ones from Columbia Valley, Walla Walla etc. I would buy on sale anytime, at regular price sometimes (in Palmer Ak ~$16-$17). Can't qjite comment on its ageability though, but I would think should hold up for a couple more years.




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