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Nicely and sappy on the nose with a lovely herbal stemmy quality to the black cherry fruit. There’s a nice underlay of gentle wood spice here with ... Read more
Ruby in color with aromas of strawberry, black cherry, forest floor and fennel. Bright cherry and strawberry fruit finishing with fine tannins. A d... Read more
Gary & Jo...Perry's...paired with Pork Chop...June 4th Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Rodney Strong Pinot Noir Reserve
Nicely and sappy on the nose with a lovely herbal stemmy quality to the black cherry fruit. There’s a nice underlay of gentle wood spice here with an earthy core on the nose. This is very fluid up front with lovely, pure cherry fruit edged in light spice tones. The tannins are barely perceptible and the acid very well integrated, giving this a light, transparent feel. The fruit is rich and bright with some gentle suggestions of herb and spice adding some complexity, particularly on the moderately long finish. A solid Pinot. 88pts
Ruby in color with aromas of strawberry, black cherry, forest floor and fennel. Bright cherry and strawberry fruit finishing with fine tannins. A delicious Cali Pinot that I think will get more interesting with a couple more years of cellaring or decent for a couple hours now. An exceptional value for $20.
Gary & Jo...Perry's...paired with Pork Chop...June 4th
Thin, tart, and unpleasant. I would not recommend this wine. In fact, if all Pinots tasted like the Rodney Strong 2009, I would not drink Pinot again.
Got this one from TriciaLeigh's wine fridge! Way good friend with way good wine. Can't wait for the backyard grill to "open" back up!
External Reviews for Rodney Strong Pinot Noir Reserve
Rodney Strong Vineyards has been producing quality wines from Sonoma fruit for 50 years. And because of their long experience they're able to source the finest grapes for this Reserve Pinot Noir. All the fruit comes from first tier growers in the Russian River Valley. Lots are vinified separately by the winemaking team headed by Rick Sayre with David Ramey, Consulting Enologist. Aging is in 100% French oak for 10 months, then the wines are selected for complexity, concentration, and style for the final blend. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored it 91 points saying "A lovely restaurant-style Pinot Noir, showing lots of class and elegance, yet with enough modesty to step aside and let the food star. Dry and silky, it shows raspberry, cherry, red currant and cola flavors, accented with sweet, smoky oak. Suggested pairings include steak, lamb chops and grilled ahi tuna."
Rod Strong was among the first modern wine pioneers with a vision to plant pinot noir in the Russian River Valley. In 1968 he planted our heritage River East Vineyard in the alluvial clay-loam soils a
Fresh and fragrant, with pretty floral and cherry aromas. Well balanced, with plush tannins, strawberry flavors, moderate acidity and a medium finish rounded out with pretty herb notes.
Soft and rich, with layers of red cherry, raspberry, cola, caramel, and a hint of Asian spice, this impressively silky, deeply colored and full-bodied wine is aged in 100% French oak, which adds an elegant toasty vanilla character. Enjoy this voluptuous pinot noir now and over the next 3 to 5 years.
Made in a leaner, dried, lighter style than most Russian River Pinots, but the elegance and complexity are very attractive. Shows a white pepper and herbal note to the sour cherry candy fruit, and is balanced with perfect acidity. A beautiful wine to accompany, not overwhelm, fine foods. Production was an astounding 109,000 cases.
Supple in texture, with rose petal and red fruit aromas, this lively, medium bodied wine is aged entirely in French oak, which adds a subtle, toasty vanilla character and a hint of spice. Ideal for current enjoyment, this pinot noir will hold nicely over the next two to three years.
Tastes sharp and jammy, a very young wine with fresh flavors of cherries and black raspberries. Gets the Pinot job done at a decent price, and could mellow in the bottle through 2011.
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