About This Wine: Very rich, with juicy black fruits, earth, smoke and spicy oak character, this expression of the s...Read more...
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About This Wine: Very rich, with juicy black fruits, earth, smoke and spicy oak character, this expression of the syrah grape from this special region will impress you now, and will reward aging over the next 2 to 4 years.<br/><br/> <strong>History</strong> - The noble grape of France’s Rhone valley has found new roots in Sonoma County’s beautiful Alexander Valley. Our shallow, stony soils that drain exceptionally well, along with warm to hot days and cool nights provide conditions here that must remind syrah of its original home in places like Hermitage and Chateauneuf-du-Pape.<br/><br/> <strong>In the Vineyards</strong> - The 2005 vintage began with a rather late bud break during an unseasonably cool and wet spring. Record May rains luckily came before bloom for syrah, and an average to cool summer further contributed to a harvest about three weeks later than normal. Fortunately, harvest conditions were rain free with ideal temperatures for all varieties, and we finished bringing in our syrah by the 11th of October.<br/><br/> About The Winery: Rodney Strong is one of Sonoma County's most dramatic wineries. Visitors are invited to our hospitality center offering a sampling of the award winning wines of Rodney Strong. Enjoy wine tasting with balcony views, taking a tour of the winery's working centers, attending special events, or just relaxing with a picnic and glass of wine on our lush lawn set among the beautiful vineyards of the Russian River Valley.<br/><br/> “Rodney Strong Vineyards was founded on the recognition of Sonoma County's potential for excellence. Through decades of grapegrowing and winemaking, we continue to fulfill the promise of the fine land. Our approach is for the grapes from each vineyard and growing region to express their intrinsic character in the special wines we craft. Gentle handling, careful use of barrel and stainless steel fermentation and proper oak aging are guided and monitored to enhance the natural characteristics of our fruit.”<br/><br/> “Today the winery owns and farms many exceptional vineyards in Sonoma County's prime grapegrowing appellations where our critically acclaimed Estate, Vineyard Designated and Reserve wines are grown.” - <em>Rick Sayre, Winemaker</em>.<br/><br/> About The Winemaker: <strong>Rick Sayre - Vice President, Director of Winemaking</strong> - Rick Sayre began his winemaking career in 1970 at the age of 19 as assistant winemaker and cellar master at Simi Winery in Sonoma County. He joined Rodney Strong Vineyards in 1979 and since has been responsible for winemaking for the Winery’s Sonoma County, Estate, and Reserve wines.<br/><br/> As a practitioner of handcrafted wines, Rick is involved in all aspects of winemaking from vineyard management through final blending. In 1991, his hands-on approach paid off as Wine Spirits Magazine named him “Chardonnay Winemaker of the Year”. Again, in 1999 Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences named him “Winemaker of the Year”.<br/><br/> Rick’s education in winemaking began in the 1970s under the direction of the world-renowned winemaster, Andre Tchelistcheff. It is to Tchelistcheff that he attributes his passion for the art and his desire to master the craft. Always a perfectionist with an eye for detail, Rick continues to apply these traits to making the fine wine of Rodney Strong Vineyards. “It’s so important to be aware of everything,” he says. “Andre taught me that a winemaker must live with his wine, from walking the vineyards, to the careful craft of guiding the wine into bottle. Even the smallest details can have an effect.”<br/><br/> Rick has expanded his winemaking expertise with several trips to France, where he studied the interplay of oak and wine. His voracious appetite for knowledge in winemaking from around the world also inspired journeys to Australia, New Zealand and Spain.<br/><br/> After visiting many of the French cooperage houses, he decided to bring their barrel toasting techniques back to the States and became the first winemaker in California to install an in-house cooperage, specializing in toasting of American oak barrels. In recent years, Rick has worked closely with World Cooperage, a renown American cooperage company, in an effort to perfect the American oak barrel for winemaking.<br/><br/> Since his arrival at Rodney Strong Vineyards, Rick has been instrumental in bringing worldwide notoriety to the Winery’s Estate wines. Alexander’s Crown Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Chalk Hill Vineyard Chardonnay have set standards of Sonoma County winemaking, and have become favorites to consumers all over the United States.<br/><br/> Rick lives in Windsor with his wife, Peggy. Avid gardeners, the two are often spotted at the local farmer’s market selling their fruits and vegetables. Rick enjoys cooking delicious comfort food to accompany his wines. He also finds solace in casting a line now and again for any of a variety of fish. And, while he enjoys a handful of other sporting activities, he admits bruises and broken bones are for days past.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Winemaker:</strong> Rick Sayre<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.4%<br/><br/> <strong>Residual Sugar:</strong> 0.05%<br/><br/> <strong>TA:</strong> 0.57gm/100ml<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.90<br/><br/> <strong>Appellation:</strong> Alexander Valley<br/><br/> <strong>Blend:</strong> 97% Syrah, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot<br/><br/> <strong>Cellar Fermentation:</strong> 24 months in oak barrels; 64% American, 36% French<br/><br/>
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