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Rodney Strong Pinot Noir Reserve 2014

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

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

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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 Pinot Noir Reserve

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 12/09/2010

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


Member Reviews for Rodney Strong Pinot Noir Reserve

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Snooth User: Winecast
27736188
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 02/14/2011

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.


Snooth User: TOTJr
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2009 06/04/2011

Gary & Jo...Perry's...paired with Pork Chop...June 4th


Snooth User: Tom  Cubeta
1426323
1.00 5
Vintage: 2009 02/20/2012

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.


Snooth User: luis Acosta
8586959
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 06/19/2011

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: nazer26
9935124
2.50 5
Vintage: 2005 11/21/2008

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Snooth User: justjenna
4535914
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 03/10/2008

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

External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

Therersquo;s aromas of roasted coffee, sage, herb, mineral and baked cherry pie in this firm, tannic, full-bodied red, but the flavors push through, giving this a measure of complexity. Drink now through 2014.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

Thin in flavors, tart in acids, this wine struggles to find its fruit, which barely breaks into cola and red cherries. Itrsquo;s dry, with sandpapery tannins.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

Strikes the perfect balance between a Pinot that needs aging and one thatrsquo;s perfectly drinkable now. Complex layers of cherries, blackberries, coffee, cola and smoky oak; shows the richness and vivacity of the best of RRV. Best now and for a couple of years.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 05/18/2011

Thin in flavors, tart in acids, this wine struggles to find its fruit, which barely breaks into cola and red cherries. It's dry, with sandpapery tannins.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

Therersquo;s a dividing line between Pinots that are good and simple and those that are fabulously complex. This delightfully drinkable wine is right in the middle. As easy as it is, it possesses layers of fruit and minerals, and is thoroughly dry and balanced.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 05/18/2011

Strikes the perfect balance between a Pinot that needs aging and one that's perfectly drinkable now. Complex layers of cherries, blackberries, coffee, cola and smoky oak; shows the richness and vivacity of the best of RRV. Best now and for a couple of years.


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