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171 Ratings
Rodney Strong Merlot Sonoma County

Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

Our 2013 Sonoma County Merlot is lush with predominate notes of blackberries, black cherry and plum with a hint of dried herbs. This wine is silky and voluptuous with soft tannins and finishes with a touch of dried cocoa and vanilla. The luscious dark fruit flavors are enhanced by aging in small French and American oak barrels.

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    A nice fruity Merlot with soft tannins. Leaves a bit of dry mouth on the finish but bearable. Nice introductory Merlot this coming from someone unfamiliar with them.

    almost 4 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