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Rodney Strong Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon Single Vineyard
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Rodney Strong Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon Single Vineyard 2015

Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United StatesThe Brothers Ridge vineyard is 141 acres planted to mostly cabernet sauvignon with small blocks of merlot and malbec, just east of Cloverdale. This single vineyard bottle is claimed from a “sweet spot” harvested off the loamy sandstone, fractured shale and ancient greenstone soil at 450 to nearly 1,000 feet above sea level. The site faces west for maximum afternoon sun and the result is a powerful, mountain red but with impressive smooth texture. Brothers is a relatively cool site with average growing-season temperatures of 67 degrees although mid-day, above the fog-line, there is plenty of heat to ripen cabernet. The 2015 vintage was warm overall, but cooler than the previous few years and average yields were way down. It took steely nerves to wait for the small crop to fully ripen without turning into a sugar bomb. The attack is rich the fruit deep and blue black with a strong cassis undercurrent with light mocha notes. As mentioned it's softer than you might expect although a ten-year slumber is the best route for this red today. This wine is improving very year out.Tasted: 26 January 2019Tasted 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
Varietal: Cabernet SauvignonCSPC: 140269