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Rodney Strong Rockaway Cabernet Sauvignon Single Vineyardtext
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Rodney Strong Rockaway Cabernet Sauvignon Single Vineyard 2014

Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United StatesRockaway was first planted in 1994 to mostly to cabernet sauvignon and merlot, but includes all five of the classic Bordeaux varieties. The vineyard stretches up to 750 feet, and the blend in 2014 is is 81/12/4/3/ cabernet sauvignon, malbec, merlot and petit verdot, all aged in 26 months in French oak barrels (of which just under half is new). This is a powerful, mountain wine that delivers flavour and finesse. In the middle of Alexander Valley, Rockaway Vineyard with average temperatures of 62 degrees, provides the perfect balance of warm afternoons and cool Pacific mornings and evenings. Its well-drained hillsides and low pH soil gives up mostly small-berried clusters. The 14 has all the intensity you could want but without knocking you back. Again, it’s the finesse and structure of this cabernet that strikes you, as in black fruits with red currants and plums on the nose and palate. It has that mountain backbone and savoury ‘Sonoma’ undercurrent with some spice and textural oak in the finish. This wine carries the balance to enjoy it now, but like the 2013, it has a long life ahead.Tasted: 06 March 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 99.00 speculative listing - Mark Anthony Brands AB 80.00 fine wine stores US 75.00 winery direct Producer: Rodney Strong Estate VineyardsDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: Cabernet SauvignonCSPC: 605824UPC: 87512090125