Rodney Strong Brothers Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

We paid approximately $65 per bottle for this wine at the winery, which we visit every time we go to California wine country.  Tasting notes on the winery’s web site for their 2011 vintage ($75) say, “Deep dense wine bursting with complex dark red fruits like cassis, cherry and plum with hints of tobacco followed by a round and seductive mid-palate and a long, structured finish.”

Rodney Strong is located in the Russian River area of Sonoma County, so is a bit more off the beaten track than Napa Valley, although people don’t seem to have trouble finding the winery, and their next-door neighbour J Winery.  The Russian River area is a bit closer to the coast, and regularly sees fog sliding over the hills from the coast as the weather cools in the evening.  This provides a slightly cooler environment for grapes.  The Wine Enthusiast describes Russian River wines and some great recent vintages.

She said.  I love this wine – it’s very typical of California Cabernet Sauvignon.  It has an immediate taste of juicy black currant, with an underlying layer of tobacco – and a wonderful dose of greenish-black pepper on the finish.  It’s robust, but not dramatically tannic, so I can sip it without needing food.  But it will also be amazing with a filet steak for dinner.  Makes me wish we’d brought more than 1 bottle home. We like pretty much anything from this winery – the LCBO in Ontario does carry some of their wines.

He said. Highly concentrated, powerful and complex.  Full bodied and harmonious with a nice long finish.  Flavours of pepper, chocolate, coffee ad tobacco.  On the finish there’s so much residual flavour, that it’s almost chewy.  43/50 points.

The details:

  • Rodney Strong Brothers Ridge Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
  • Alexander Valley – Sonoma County
  • 15.5% alcohol
  • Barrel Aging:21 months in 100% French oak, 43% new

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