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Rodney Strong Vineyards Zinfandel Sonoma 2004

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The 2004 Reserve Zinfandel was selected from estate vineyards almost entirely in the Alexander Valley. Rich and complex, with powerful aromas of boysenberry, vanilla, and spice, carrying forward on the palate with full body, balancing acidity, soft tannins, and a hint of toasty brown spices from small barrel aging for just 15 months. Enjoy this fine example of the former "mystery grape" over the next 2 to 5 years. Zinfandel vines have been growing heartily in Sonoma County since the 19th century, and of all the original vines planted here that long ago, it is Zinfandel that has always, more or less, retained its popularity. Most of the oldest vineyards in the county today are Zinfandel. Because of this, Zinfandel is often associated with California as if it is our own indigenous grape variety. But Zinfandel is a variety of Vitis vinifera, the European wine grape that gives us Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, etc. It is not a native grape. We can trace Chardonnay, Cabernet, and Pinot Noir back to their European homelands easily, because they are grown and appreciated there today, and have been for centuries. But Zinfandel's heritage has remained a mystery until just recently. Now researchers have discovered that Zinfandel is identical to Italy's Primativo and Croatia's Crljenak Kastelanski ("sirl yenak kassel ansky"). The origin paths indicate Primativo and Zinfandel are both predated by Crljenak in Croatia, so Croatia is its original home. Yet few would argue that this expatriate hasn't found home-sweet-home here. Sonoma County's warm days and cool nights seem perfectly suited to the large clustered Zinfandel, which retains its acid well while ripening to a fruity, rich, and spicy character, making a wine that is bold, forward, and fruity, from which we select the very best for our Reserve. Selected from estate vineyards almost entirely in the Alexander Valley, this selection is only available for purchase online or at our tasting room. 2004 Acclaim - Only available on-line or in our tasting room! 4 Stars - Press Democrat, May 4, 2007

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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

The 2004 Reserve Zinfandel was selected from estate vineyards almost entirely in the Alexander Valley. Rich and complex, with powerful aromas of boysenberry, vanilla, and spice, carrying forward on the palate with full body, balancing acidity, soft tannins, and a hint of toasty brown spices from small barrel aging for just 15 months. Enjoy this fine example of the former "mystery grape" over the next 2 to 5 years. Zinfandel vines have been growing heartily in Sonoma County since the 19th century, and of all the original vines planted here that long ago, it is Zinfandel that has always, more or less, retained its popularity. Most of the oldest vineyards in the county today are Zinfandel. Because of this, Zinfandel is often associated with California as if it is our own indigenous grape variety. But Zinfandel is a variety of Vitis vinifera, the European wine grape that gives us Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, etc. It is not a native grape. We can trace Chardonnay, Cabernet, and Pinot Noir back to their European homelands easily, because they are grown and appreciated there today, and have been for centuries. But Zinfandel's heritage has remained a mystery until just recently. Now researchers have discovered that Zinfandel is identical to Italy's Primativo and Croatia's Crljenak Kastelanski ("sirl yenak kassel ansky"). The origin paths indicate Primativo and Zinfandel are both predated by Crljenak in Croatia, so Croatia is its original home. Yet few would argue that this expatriate hasn't found home-sweet-home here. Sonoma County's warm days and cool nights seem perfectly suited to the large clustered Zinfandel, which retains its acid well while ripening to a fruity, rich, and spicy character, making a wine that is bold, forward, and fruity, from which we select the very best for our Reserve. Selected from estate vineyards almost entirely in the Alexander Valley, this selection is only available for purchase online or at our tasting room. 2004 Acclaim - Only available on-line or in our tasting room! 4 Stars - Press Democrat, May 4, 2007

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