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Rodney Strong Rockaway Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2012

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This takes a while to open up in the glass, but as it does it blossoms with crushed violet, black currant and black cherry notes, austere earth and smoke, and baking spice. In the mouth it's rich and velvety, with touches of dried fig and fresh plum, blackberry and black cherry and loads of spice. This is a big wine which is well balanced and surprisingly ends up being somewhat delicate in spite of itself, and really delivers as hoped throughout the tasting from nose to finish. 90 pts

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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 Rockaway Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

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11/27/2015

This takes a while to open up in the glass, but as it does it blossoms with crushed violet, black currant and black cherry notes, austere earth and smoke, and baking spice. In the mouth it's rich and velvety, with touches of dried fig and fresh plum, blackberry and black cherry and loads of spice. This is a big wine which is well balanced and surprisingly ends up being somewhat delicate in spite of itself, and really delivers as hoped throughout the tasting from nose to finish. 90 pts


External Reviews for Rodney Strong Rockaway Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 11/16/2017

THE VINEYARD: Established in 1994, Rockaway is planted mostly to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but includes all fi ve of the classic Bordeaux varieties. Rising up to an elevation of 750 feet, the land generally slopes northeast and southwest, with soils comprised of gravelly clay subsoil over fractured sandstone. This well-drained, low pH earth tends to encourage the production of small-berried clusters, ideal for making a bold, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon with juicy red and black fruit character, and an elegantly round and seductive mid-palate. THE HARVEST: 2014 was a gift from Mother Nature to winegrowers in Sonoma County. Most of the rain for the growing season came late, in February and March, followed by a warm and dry spring. Bud break was early and the warm summer sun ripened the fruit without any complications through Harvest. Most of the Cabernet was picked by the time we received a light rain on the evening of September 17. We took a break from picking at Rockaway, allowing the vineyard to completely dry out, and for the sugars to accumulate in the last few blocks of Cabernet and Petit Verdot at the very top of the vineyard, which we picked on October 6. TASTE PROFILE: The 2014 Rockaway has wonderful concentrated fl avors of black cherry, red currant and plum with a hint of sage and leather. The earthy minerality of the wine is balanced out by notes of baking spices with a rich, complex structure and a long lingering fi nish. Enjoy this wine now or cellar it for enjoyment in 8 to 10 years. COMPOSITION: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Petit Verdot 1% Merlot BARREL REGIME: 27 months in 100% French oak barrels, 77% new ALCOHOL: 14.5% TA: 0.62g/100mL pH: 3.69


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 03/08/2017

THE VINEYARD: Established in 1994, Rockaway is planted mostly to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but includes all fi ve of the classic Bordeaux varieties. Rising up to an elevation of 750 feet, the land generally slopes northeast and southwest, with soils comprised of gravelly clay subsoil over fractured sandstone. This well-drained, low pH earth tends to encourage the production of small-berried clusters, ideal for making a bold, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon with juicy red and black fruit character, and an elegantly round and seductive mid-palate. THE HARVEST: 2013 was the kind of growing season that most would wish we could have every year; a dry, frost-free spring, a warm summer with minimal heat spikes, and a warm rain free autumn that allowed for picking the fruit perfectly mature. Warm days with cool evenings prevailed in September which kept sugar accumulation at an even pace and left acidity in the grapes. Rockaway is always a complicated harvest, with separate blocks and the varietals coming to full ripeness at slightly different times. We harvested the Rockaway Cabernet Sauvignon from a dozen different blocks between September 24 and October 8. A few blocks were fermented together, but most were kept separate until blending the following spring. The Merlot was picked on September 23, the Malbec on September 24, and fi nally the Petit Verdot from the very top of the hill on October 7 and 8. TASTE PROFILE: The 2013 Rockaway has wonderful concentrated fl avors of black cherry, red currant and plum with a hint of sage and leather. The earthy minerality of the wine is balanced out by notes of baking spices with a rich, complex structure and a long lingering fi nish. Enjoy this wine now or cellar it for enjoyment for years to come. COMPOSITION: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon 12% Malbec 4% Merlot 3% Petit Verdot BARREL REGIME: 26 months in 100% French oak barrels, 48% new ALCOHOL: 14.5% TA: 0.64g/100mL PH: 3.77


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/17/2015

Winemaking Notes: The 2012 Rockaway has wonderful concentrated flavors of red cherry, red currant and plum with a hint of sage and tobacco. The earthy minerality of the wine is balanced out by notes of baking spices with a rich, complex structure and a long lingering finish. Enjoy this wine now or cellar it for enjoyment in 8 to 10 years. The 2012 vintage started off warm and dry, with little to no frost. By mid-summer people were beginning to whisper about how perfect the growing season was going. Rain-free warm days and cool nights were the rule, with no storms or heat spikes. All four Cabernet Sauvignon blocks that were blended into this wine were picked on October 20th. The Cabernet came from the 1.3 acre southeast-facing block 7B from the backside of the ranch, part of the western-facing 7.5 acres of block 2C, which rises from 330 feet to 430 feet on the front side of the ranch, plus fruit from the 3.6 acre northfacing blocks 8A and 8C which were cofermented together in the same tank. The 1.5acre block of Malbec, sitting at 500 feet elevation, which we blend with the Cabernet in some vintages for its fruit and complexity was picked ten days earlier, on October 10th. History: The Alexander Valley AVA is 22 miles long, ranging in elevation from 150 to 1,500 feet above sea level, and is home to our three single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Our winegrowers have found the very best grapes grow on higher elevated western slopes, or as they say, the “sweet spots”. Spread throughout our three vineyards, we’ve determined the best blocks are typically located just below the ridge tops with a western facing aspect to capture the full warmth and light of the afternoon sun. In the northernmost hills near our Brothers vineyard, with average growing-season temperatures of 67 degrees, heat dominates, allowing Cabernet Sauvignon to ripen well. In the middle of the valley, Rockaway vineyard, with average temperatures of 62 degrees, balances heat and Pacific Ocean cooling breezes – allowing for classic structure development. The even cooler Alexander’s Crown vineyard, with average temperatures of 59 degrees in the southern valley, yields more delicate, “feminine”style Cabernet Sauvignon. In the distance of only 12 short miles, average temperatures change eight degrees among our vineyards during growing season, thereby allowing three very different expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon. The Vineyards: Established in 1994, Rockaway is planted mostly to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but includes all five of the classic Bordeaux varieties. Rising up to an elevation of 750 feet, the land generally slopes northeast and southwest, with soils comprised of gravelly clay subsoil over fractured sandstone. This well-drained, low pH earth tends to encourage the production of small-berried clusters, ideal for making a bold, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon with juicy red and black fruit character, and an elegantly round and seductive mid-palate. - Winery ** Only 5 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
12/09/2015

Winemaking Notes: The 2012 Rockaway has wonderful concentrated flavors of red cherry, red currant and plum with a hint of sage and tobacco. The earthy minerality of the wine is balanced out by notes of baking spices with a rich, complex structure and a long lingering finish. Enjoy this wine now or cellar it for enjoyment in 8 to 10 years. The 2012 vintage started off warm and dry, with little to no frost. By mid-summer people were beginning to whisper about how perfect the growing season was going. Rain-free warm days and cool nights were the rule, with no storms or heat spikes. All four Cabernet Sauvignon blocks that were blended into this wine were picked on October 20th. The Cabernet came from the 1.3 acre southeast-facing block 7B from the backside of the ranch, part of the western-facing 7.5 acres of block 2C, which rises from 330 feet to 430 feet on the front side of the ranch, plus fruit from the 3.6 acre northfacing blocks 8A and 8C which were cofermented together in the same tank. The 1.5acre block of Malbec, sitting at 500 feet elevation, which we blend with the Cabernet in some vintages for its fruit and complexity was picked ten days earlier, on October 10th. History: The Alexander Valley AVA is 22 miles long, ranging in elevation from 150 to 1,500 feet above sea level, and is home to our three single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Our winegrowers have found the very best grapes grow on higher elevated western slopes, or as they say, the “sweet spots”. Spread throughout our three vineyards, we’ve determined the best blocks are typically located just below the ridge tops with a western facing aspect to capture the full warmth and light of the afternoon sun. In the northernmost hills near our Brothers vineyard, with average growing-season temperatures of 67 degrees, heat dominates, allowing Cabernet Sauvignon to ripen well. In the middle of the valley, Rockaway vineyard, with average temperatures of 62 degrees, balances heat and Pacific Ocean cooling breezes – allowing for classic structure development. The even cooler Alexander’s Crown vineyard, with average temperatures of 59 degrees in the southern valley, yields more delicate, “feminine”style Cabernet Sauvignon. In the distance of only 12 short miles, average temperatures change eight degrees among our vineyards during growing season, thereby allowing three very different expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon. The Vineyards: Established in 1994, Rockaway is planted mostly to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but includes all five of the classic Bordeaux varieties. Rising up to an elevation of 750 feet, the land generally slopes northeast and southwest, with soils comprised of gravelly clay subsoil over fractured sandstone. This well-drained, low pH earth tends to encourage the production of small-berried clusters, ideal for making a bold, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon with juicy red and black fruit character, and an elegantly round and seductive mid-palate. - Winery ** Only 16 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/25/2015

Winemaking Notes: The 2012 Rockaway has wonderful concentrated flavors of red cherry, red currant and plum with a hint of sage and tobacco. The earthy minerality of the wine is balanced out by notes of baking spices with a rich, complex structure and a long lingering finish. Enjoy this wine now or cellar it for enjoyment in 8 to 10 years. The 2012 vintage started off warm and dry, with little to no frost. By mid-summer people were beginning to whisper about how perfect the growing season was going. Rain-free warm days and cool nights were the rule, with no storms or heat spikes. All four Cabernet Sauvignon blocks that were blended into this wine were picked on October 20th. The Cabernet came from the 1.3 acre southeast-facing block 7B from the backside of the ranch, part of the western-facing 7.5 acres of block 2C, which rises from 330 feet to 430 feet on the front side of the ranch, plus fruit from the 3.6 acre northfacing blocks 8A and 8C which were cofermented together in the same tank. The 1.5acre block of Malbec, sitting at 500 feet elevation, which we blend with the Cabernet in some vintages for its fruit and complexity was picked ten days earlier, on October 10th. History: The Alexander Valley AVA is 22 miles long, ranging in elevation from 150 to 1,500 feet above sea level, and is home to our three single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Our winegrowers have found the very best grapes grow on higher elevated western slopes, or as they say, the “sweet spots”. Spread throughout our three vineyards, we’ve determined the best blocks are typically located just below the ridge tops with a western facing aspect to capture the full warmth and light of the afternoon sun. In the northernmost hills near our Brothers vineyard, with average growing-season temperatures of 67 degrees, heat dominates, allowing Cabernet Sauvignon to ripen well. In the middle of the valley, Rockaway vineyard, with average temperatures of 62 degrees, balances heat and Pacific Ocean cooling breezes – allowing for classic structure development. The even cooler Alexander’s Crown vineyard, with average temperatures of 59 degrees in the southern valley, yields more delicate, “feminine”style Cabernet Sauvignon. In the distance of only 12 short miles, average temperatures change eight degrees among our vineyards during growing season, thereby allowing three very different expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon. The Vineyards: Established in 1994, Rockaway is planted mostly to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but includes all five of the classic Bordeaux varieties. Rising up to an elevation of 750 feet, the land generally slopes northeast and southwest, with soils comprised of gravelly clay subsoil over fractured sandstone. This well-drained, low pH earth tends to encourage the production of small-berried clusters, ideal for making a bold, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon with juicy red and black fruit character, and an elegantly round and seductive mid-palate. - Winery ** Only 4 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
10/24/2016

Winemaking Notes: The 2012 Rockaway has wonderful concentrated flavors of red cherry, red currant and plum with a hint of sage and tobacco. The earthy minerality of the wine is balanced out by notes of baking spices with a rich, complex structure and a long lingering finish. Enjoy this wine now or cellar it for enjoyment in 8 to 10 years. The 2012 vintage started off warm and dry, with little to no frost. By mid-summer people were beginning to whisper about how perfect the growing season was going. Rain-free warm days and cool nights were the rule, with no storms or heat spikes. All four Cabernet Sauvignon blocks that were blended into this wine were picked on October 20th. The Cabernet came from the 1.3 acre southeast-facing block 7B from the backside of the ranch, part of the western-facing 7.5 acres of block 2C, which rises from 330 feet to 430 feet on the front side of the ranch, plus fruit from the 3.6 acre northfacing blocks 8A and 8C which were cofermented together in the same tank. The 1.5acre block of Malbec, sitting at 500 feet elevation, which we blend with the Cabernet in some vintages for its fruit and complexity was picked ten days earlier, on October 10th. History: The Alexander Valley AVA is 22 miles long, ranging in elevation from 150 to 1,500 feet above sea level, and is home to our three single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Our winegrowers have found the very best grapes grow on higher elevated western slopes, or as they say, the “sweet spots”. Spread throughout our three vineyards, we’ve determined the best blocks are typically located just below the ridge tops with a western facing aspect to capture the full warmth and light of the afternoon sun. In the northernmost hills near our Brothers vineyard, with average growing-season temperatures of 67 degrees, heat dominates, allowing Cabernet Sauvignon to ripen well. In the middle of the valley, Rockaway vineyard, with average temperatures of 62 degrees, balances heat and Pacific Ocean cooling breezes – allowing for classic structure development. The even cooler Alexander’s Crown vineyard, with average temperatures of 59 degrees in the southern valley, yields more delicate, “feminine”style Cabernet Sauvignon. In the distance of only 12 short miles, average temperatures change eight degrees among our vineyards during growing season, thereby allowing three very different expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon. The Vineyards: Established in 1994, Rockaway is planted mostly to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but includes all five of the classic Bordeaux varieties. Rising up to an elevation of 750 feet, the land generally slopes northeast and southwest, with soils comprised of gravelly clay subsoil over fractured sandstone. This well-drained, low pH earth tends to encourage the production of small-berried clusters, ideal for making a bold, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon with juicy red and black fruit character, and an elegantly round and seductive mid-palate. - Winery ** Only 8 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
06/08/2016

Winemaking Notes: The 2012 Rockaway has wonderful concentrated flavors of red cherry, red currant and plum with a hint of sage and tobacco. The earthy minerality of the wine is balanced out by notes of baking spices with a rich, complex structure and a long lingering finish. Enjoy this wine now or cellar it for enjoyment in 8 to 10 years. The 2012 vintage started off warm and dry, with little to no frost. By mid-summer people were beginning to whisper about how perfect the growing season was going. Rain-free warm days and cool nights were the rule, with no storms or heat spikes. All four Cabernet Sauvignon blocks that were blended into this wine were picked on October 20th. The Cabernet came from the 1.3 acre southeast-facing block 7B from the backside of the ranch, part of the western-facing 7.5 acres of block 2C, which rises from 330 feet to 430 feet on the front side of the ranch, plus fruit from the 3.6 acre northfacing blocks 8A and 8C which were cofermented together in the same tank. The 1.5acre block of Malbec, sitting at 500 feet elevation, which we blend with the Cabernet in some vintages for its fruit and complexity was picked ten days earlier, on October 10th. History: The Alexander Valley AVA is 22 miles long, ranging in elevation from 150 to 1,500 feet above sea level, and is home to our three single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Our winegrowers have found the very best grapes grow on higher elevated western slopes, or as they say, the “sweet spots”. Spread throughout our three vineyards, we’ve determined the best blocks are typically located just below the ridge tops with a western facing aspect to capture the full warmth and light of the afternoon sun. In the northernmost hills near our Brothers vineyard, with average growing-season temperatures of 67 degrees, heat dominates, allowing Cabernet Sauvignon to ripen well. In the middle of the valley, Rockaway vineyard, with average temperatures of 62 degrees, balances heat and Pacific Ocean cooling breezes – allowing for classic structure development. The even cooler Alexander’s Crown vineyard, with average temperatures of 59 degrees in the southern valley, yields more delicate, “feminine”style Cabernet Sauvignon. In the distance of only 12 short miles, average temperatures change eight degrees among our vineyards during growing season, thereby allowing three very different expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon. The Vineyards: Established in 1994, Rockaway is planted mostly to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but includes all five of the classic Bordeaux varieties. Rising up to an elevation of 750 feet, the land generally slopes northeast and southwest, with soils comprised of gravelly clay subsoil over fractured sandstone. This well-drained, low pH earth tends to encourage the production of small-berried clusters, ideal for making a bold, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon with juicy red and black fruit character, and an elegantly round and seductive mid-palate. - Winery ** Only 12 in Stock **


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