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Rodney Strong Rockaway Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
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Rodney Strong Rockaway Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United StatesIn the middle of the valley, Rockaway Vineyard, with average temperatures of 62 degrees, balances heat and Pacific Ocean cooling breezes. Rising to an elevation of 750 feet, the land generally slopes northeast and southwest, with soils comprised of gravelly clay subsoil over fractured Greywacke sandstone. The 2015 vintage was warm overall, but cooler than the previous few years. Low yields led to sugars accumulating much faster in the clusters than the speed at which ripening was occurring. The fruit was left to hang until the acid dropped and tannins came around in the third week of September. The results are quite amazing: a rich 94 percent cabernet sauvignon, 4 percent merlot and 2 percent petit verdot are intensely cabernet with dark plum, mineral, tobacco and leather flavours. Again, like the 2014 and 2013, it’s the finesse and structure of this red that impresses. It’s Sonoma savoury with bits of brown spice throughout a long linear finish.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: 605824UPC: 87512090125