Rodney Strong Syrah Alexander Valley Ranch 128 2003

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Planted in 1994 and acquired by the Klein family in 2003, Ranch 128 rises up to over 450 feet, arching above route 128 in the heart of the Alexander Valley. Planted to small parcels of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, zinfandel and syrah, each parcel represents a slightly different take on the 77 rugged acres of prime vineyard, and each is harvested and fermented separately. It is this kind of attention to small lot winemaking that allows for the true character of this unique ranch to be expressed in each of its wines. The 2003 vintage began with a long wet spring, and was followed by a relatively cool summer which delayed harvest initially. But a September heat wave allowed everything to catch up, and we ended up picking the syrah from this vineyard on October 8th. We fermented this wine on its skins for an average of eight days, and barrel aged it for thirty months in French and American oak barrels. Very rich, with juicy black fruits, earth, smoke and spicy oak character, this singular expression of the syrah grape from this special property will impress you now, and will reward aging over the next 3 to 5 years. This selection is only available for purchase online or at our tasting room.

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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
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Planted in 1994 and acquired by the Klein family in 2003, Ranch 128 rises up to over 450 feet, arching above route 128 in the heart of the Alexander Valley. Planted to small parcels of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, zinfandel and syrah, each parcel represents a slightly different take on the 77 rugged acres of prime vineyard, and each is harvested and fermented separately. It is this kind of attention to small lot winemaking that allows for the true character of this unique ranch to be expressed in each of its wines. The 2003 vintage began with a long wet spring, and was followed by a relatively cool summer which delayed harvest initially. But a September heat wave allowed everything to catch up, and we ended up picking the syrah from this vineyard on October 8th. We fermented this wine on its skins for an average of eight days, and barrel aged it for thirty months in French and American oak barrels. Very rich, with juicy black fruits, earth, smoke and spicy oak character, this singular expression of the syrah grape from this special property will impress you now, and will reward aging over the next 3 to 5 years. This selection is only available for purchase online or at our tasting room.

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