2008 Rodney Strong Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
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Our 2008 Reserve cabernet was created in our small lot winemaking facility, the “winery within the winery.” Under the direction of consulting winemaker David Ramey, we employ cutting edge techniques such as cluster pre-sorting, berry sorting, and extended maceration. With small tanks and equipment sized for the most discriminating vineyard selection process, our new facility is truly state of the art, and represents the Klein family commitment towards producing the finest wines possible.
California GrapevineMedium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, herbal, spicy, ripe, plummy, cassis and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of green peppercorn, tobacco, and cocoa; medium-full to full body; forward, rich, well balanced, cassis and dark berry fruit flavors with overtones of sweet oak; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very approachable now, though a bit hard on the finish. Highly recommended.
DescriptionFull bodied with a supple, round mid palate, this cabernet displays intense aromas and flavors of cassis, chocolate, dried herbs, and dark plums, with a lingering and soft finish. If you have access to a cool dark place, lay some bottles of this Reserve down for 3 to 6 years and patience will reward you!
Wine EnthusiastHere’s a fruity, soft, flamboyant Cabernet, packed with plum, blackberry, black currant, licorice, dark chocolate and spicy oak flavors. Delicious and savory, it’s probably showing its best now, so drink up. —S.H.
Press DemocratWines to try for the week...A cabernet with great structure and concentrated flavors. Notes of black fruit, herbs and spice. Chewy tannins.
User Tasting Note
nancyred79This Cab has classic blackberry and currant fruit flavors, along with cocoa notes, cassis and dusty mint aromas. Like the more expensive Rodney Strong offerings, this is a very well made, mid-palate wine, with no flabbiness or excessive oak to mar your pleasure. Take it out for a spin with a grilled rib-eye. (Ted Scheffler, cityweekly.net, June 28, 2011)