To some people, merlot may seem like a new kid on the block. But at Rodney Strong Vineyards we’ve been growing it since the early 1970’s, when Rodney Strong first planted merlot in Geyserville, the heart of the Alexander Valley. Today we farm over 100 acres in the Alexander Valley and the northern portion of the Russian River Valley. Together, these areas display the bright, red fruit character of the Russian River with the deep dark fruit flavors and mature tannins of the warmer Alexander Valley.
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