Rodney Strong Pinot Noir Reserve Russian River Valley 2009

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Supple in texture, with rose petal and red fruit aromas, this lively, medium bodied wine is aged entirely in small Fr...

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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

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Editorial Reviews for Rodney Strong Pinot Noir Reserve Russian River Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065201,902
3.50 5
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


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Snooth User: Winecast
27736186
4.00 5
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
06/04/2011

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


Snooth User: Tom  Cubeta
1426323
1.00 5
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.


External Reviews for Rodney Strong Pinot Noir Reserve Russian River Valley

External Review
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
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
05/14/2011

This Pinot from Rodney Strong is lithe and lively! Strong was a pioneer, one of the first to plant Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley back in 1968. Now his estate vineyards produce superb Pinot every year. This estate 2009 is a prime example of the quality you can achieve when you control your own vineyards. Aged 6 months in French oak barrels, the Wine Enthusiast scored this wine 91 points saying "Made in a leaner, drier, 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." At under $20 by the case it an astounding value.


External Review
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
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
01/03/2012

Lovely, a Pinot that doesnrsquo;t slap you silly with extract, just flatters with sensuous pleasure. Itrsquo;s a light-colored wine, with a delicately silky texture framing cherry, cranberry, cola and tea flavors, and is quite dry. Easy to find, with 12,000 cases produced.


External Review
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.


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197399 Snooth User: xozai
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Winemaker's Notes:

Supple in texture, with rose petal and red fruit aromas, this lively, medium bodied wine is aged entirely in small French oak barrels, 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 2 to 4 years.

Tasting Notes:

Supple in texture, with rose petal and red fruit aromas, this lively, medium bodied wine is aged entirely in small French oak barrels, 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 2 to 4 years.

Supple in texture, with rose petal and red fruit aromas, this lively, medium bodied wine is aged entirely in small French oak barrels, 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 2 to 4 years.

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Total Acidity: 5.0 grams per liter

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