Rodney Strong Merlot Sonoma County 2004

Winemaker's Notes:

To some people, merlot may seem like a new kid on the block. But at Rodney Strong Vineyards we've been growing it since the early 1970's, when Rod Strong first planted merlot in Geyserville, the heart of the Alexander Valley. Today we farm over 100 acres in the Alexander Valley and the northern portion of the Russian River Valley. Together, these areas display the bright, red fruit character of the Russian River with the deep dark fruit flavors and mature tannins of the warmer Alexander Valley. The 2004 vintage began with an early bud break during an unseasonably warm March, followed by a contrastingly cool April. After a normal May and June, July and the first part of August were on the cool side, but by the end of August, harvest was well underway as a heat spell got ripening going strong and early for most varietals, with all of our merlot in by the 14th of October.We fermented this wine on its skins for an average of eight days, and barrel aged it for twenty-five months in French and American oak barrels. Plum and blueberry flavors predominate in this soft, rich, mouth filling merlot, and are enhanced by aging in small oak barrels for a toasty, spicy vanilla character, and a lingering berry-cream finish. Drink this satisfying merlot over the next 2 to 4 years.2003 Acclaim: GOLD - International Eastern Wine Competition, June 2007 GOLD - West Coast Wine Competition, April 2007

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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: cesarhdez
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3.00 5
02/07/2010

A strong spicy merlot that screams for a decanter.


Snooth User: strikingvisage
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0.00 5
03/01/2009

Blackberry, dark cherries, pronounced oak & cedar in nose; more blackberry and some vanilla on the palate; good balance.


Snooth User: kls
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1.50 5
02/05/2008

One and a half glasses


External Reviews for Rodney Strong Merlot Sonoma County

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Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
04/09/2008

With all the "Merlot Mania" going on these days, too few Merlots deliver the classy richness that this Sonoma beauty exhibits. Smooth and silky, with an almost Bordeaux-like hint of minerals, this is a very satisfying glass of Merlot!



To some people, merlot may seem like a new kid on the block. But at Rodney Strong Vineyards we've been growing it since the early 1970's, when Rod Strong first planted merlot in Geyserville, the heart of the Alexander Valley. Today we farm over 100 acres in the Alexander Valley and the northern portion of the Russian River Valley. Together, these areas display the bright, red fruit character of the Russian River with the deep dark fruit flavors and mature tannins of the warmer Alexander Valley. The 2004 vintage began with an early bud break during an unseasonably warm March, followed by a contrastingly cool April. After a normal May and June, July and the first part of August were on the cool side, but by the end of August, harvest was well underway as a heat spell got ripening going strong and early for most varietals, with all of our merlot in by the 14th of October.We fermented this wine on its skins for an average of eight days, and barrel aged it for twenty-five months in French and American oak barrels. Plum and blueberry flavors predominate in this soft, rich, mouth filling merlot, and are enhanced by aging in small oak barrels for a toasty, spicy vanilla character, and a lingering berry-cream finish. Drink this satisfying merlot over the next 2 to 4 years.2003 Acclaim: GOLD - International Eastern Wine Competition, June 2007 GOLD - West Coast Wine Competition, April 2007

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