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Rodney Strong Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2014

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The Petaluma Gap channels coastal fog and sea breezes to the vineyard in late afternoons where cool nights and warm days bring out the very best in our Chardonnay. The longer, colder growing season produces elegant complexity and character delivering true to the appellation wines that are crisp and elegant. Growing close to the bay leads to salinity in the soils which means lower yields, more concentrated fruit, and a hint of salinity in the wine. Our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is predominantly barrel fermented in new French oak, conveying a toasty vanilla and spice complexity within the wine. The Sonoma Coast Chardonnay brims with notes of apple, pear, pineapple and lemongrass. Enjoy this wine now with crab cakes, chicken salad or a roasted turkey breast or cellar for enjoyment in 2 to 4 years.

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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 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2013 04/24/2015

Toasted hazelnut and marzipan on the nose with light nectarine and peach aromas. Full and rich palate with flavors of lemon, peach, a fair bit of vanilla and toast. The silky smooth finish is fairly lengthy with touches of hazelnut and cream.



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The Petaluma Gap channels coastal fog and sea breezes to the vineyard in late afternoons where cool nights and warm days bring out the very best in our Chardonnay. The longer, colder growing season produces elegant complexity and character delivering true to the appellation wines that are crisp and elegant. Growing close to the bay leads to salinity in the soils which means lower yields, more concentrated fruit, and a hint of salinity in the wine. Our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is predominantly barrel fermented in new French oak, conveying a toasty vanilla and spice complexity within the wine. The Sonoma Coast Chardonnay brims with notes of apple, pear, pineapple and lemongrass. Enjoy this wine now with crab cakes, chicken salad or a roasted turkey breast or cellar for enjoyment in 2 to 4 years.

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