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171 Ratings
Rodney Strong Merlot Sonoma County

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Wine Description

(2010 Vintage) We barrel fermented about 60% of this wine, and aged that portion in barrel for 5 months, offering the wine a touch of brown spice and vanilla, while cold fermenting the remainder to maximize a fresh fruit-forward character. Bright lemon and apple aromas mingle with hints of toasty barrel complexity, and on the palate, pear and pineapple with spice and refreshing acidity will have you coming back for another glass. Enjoy this lively chardonnay now and over the next couple of years.

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    Excellent from the start to the lingering finish. Full bodied and flavorful. Black plum, berry and spice flavors. Oak imparts a toasty vanilla character that lingers through the silky finish.

    over 7 years
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    black plum, berry, and spice flavors. aged in small oak barrels gives lingering toasted vanilla character.

    almost 9 years
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    tannins but not fruity - bit of a bite to it

    almost 9 years
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    $12/glass at Sambuca

    over 8 years
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    Good. Oct. 2011

    about 9 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Enthusiast
    (2009 Vintage) You get plenty of ripe berry, cherry and currant fruit in this expressive young Cabernet. Smoky oak adds sweetness, making for a delicious wine to drink now and over the next several years.
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (1999 Vintage) Attractive red cherry notes are joined in the nose by brushy and herbal notes, and that blend of youthful fruit and green-edged seasonings persists in the mouth as well. Smooth and viscous on the palate but somewhat less concentrated than it could be, it gives way a bit in the finish yet never gives up its essential fruit and its easy Merlot charm.
  • Wine Spectator
    (1997 Vintage) Rating: 81/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/15/00