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Rodney Strong Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Estate Vineyards 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

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. 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 adjacent to the winery in Healdsburg. Today the Russian River Valley is well established as one of the premier pinot noir growing regions in the world, and we continue to rely on the original River East Vineyard as a core contributor to our estate vineyard bottling. The 2006 vintage began with a rather late bud break during an unseasonably cool and wet spring. March rains slowed shoot growth down considerably, and set the timer for a late harvest. After a fine May and June, much of July was a scorcher, including a 10 day stretch where every day saw temperatures over 90 degrees, and several days topped out at 110! Fortunately, the delayed development of the grapes kept sun scorch to a minimum. Harvest began the third week of September, and continued all the way into mid October. This extended ripening period was accompanied by mild weather and promoted excellent flavor development, with the last of the grapes harvested on October 17th. 2005 Acclaim: Critic's Gold - Critic's Challenge, International Wine Competition, June 2007 87 - Wine Enthusiast, April 2007 Gold - Hilton Head Area Hospitality Association WineFest, April 2007 Gold - Tasters Guild International Wine Competition, April 2007

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

Member Reviews for Rodney Strong Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Estate Vineyards

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Snooth User: cookypuss1
43950993
3.00 5
03/26/2009

Nicely balanced wine. Acidity is good, so it paired nicely with food. However, felt the nose and palate were both a bit muted, especially for a relatively young wine.


Snooth User: strikingvisage
14430876
3.00 5
03/01/2009

Cherry, herbs, and spice in the nose; fruit and some spice on the palate balanced with decent acidity & dryness. A perfect wine for salmon.


Snooth User: strikingvisage
14430876
0.00 5
03/01/2009

Cherry and hint of sandalwood on nose; some fruit and medium tannin on the palate; a little bit acidic.


Snooth User: RICH12072
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3.50 5
11/27/2008

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Rodney Strong Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Estate Vineyards

External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesSupple in texture, with rose petal and red fruit aromas, this lively, medium bodied wine is aged in predominantly French oak, which adds a subtle, toasty vanilla character. Ideal for current enjoyment, this pinot noir will hold nicely over the next 2 to 3 years.


External Review
11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Gold Medal


External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesSoft and rich, with layers of intense Montmorency cherry, cola, caramel, and earth, this impressive, fullbodied wine is aged in predominantly French oak, which adds a distinctive toasty vanilla character. Enjoy this voluptuous pinot noir now and over the next 3 to 6 years.


External Review
06/08/2009

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.



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. 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 adjacent to the winery in Healdsburg. Today the Russian River Valley is well established as one of the premier pinot noir growing regions in the world, and we continue to rely on the original River East Vineyard as a core contributor to our estate vineyard bottling. The 2006 vintage began with a rather late bud break during an unseasonably cool and wet spring. March rains slowed shoot growth down considerably, and set the timer for a late harvest. After a fine May and June, much of July was a scorcher, including a 10 day stretch where every day saw temperatures over 90 degrees, and several days topped out at 110! Fortunately, the delayed development of the grapes kept sun scorch to a minimum. Harvest began the third week of September, and continued all the way into mid October. This extended ripening period was accompanied by mild weather and promoted excellent flavor development, with the last of the grapes harvested on October 17th. 2005 Acclaim: Critic's Gold - Critic's Challenge, International Wine Competition, June 2007 87 - Wine Enthusiast, April 2007 Gold - Hilton Head Area Hospitality Association WineFest, April 2007 Gold - Tasters Guild International Wine Competition, April 2007

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