Sunday, January 31, 2016

2013 Rodney Strong Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and 2013 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

*Sample received*

Rodney Strong Vineyards the family owned winery who's focus is on artisan winemaking from the sonoma county. Committed to protecting the resources for future generations, they're certified sustainable and the first carbon neutral winery in Sonoma County.

First wine this evening was the 2013 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Made from 90% Cabernet and 10% Malbec the wine was aged 18 months in french oak. Retail $35 and clocking in at 14% alcohol. The vineyards in Knights Valley are perfect for Bordeaux grapes with its volcanic rock and alluvial soils.

The nose screams dark jammy fruit with blackberry and plum. Hints of  blueberry and  raspberry followed by a black currant spice. A faint hint of vanilla, cocoa and a touch of earth as the wine opens. The mouth is rich with dark fruit, vanilla and a spicy soft finish. Paired with a pepper crusted grilled beef filet.

The second wine of the evening the 2013 Alexander Valley Cabernet also aged 18 months in french oak and is a touch bigger than the first. Retail on this gem $28. Grapes were sourced from 4 different estate vineyards on the benches and hillsides above the valley floor. The first vineyard was planted back in 1971 on a hill known as Alexander's Crown. The soil and climate are perfect for growing cabernet grapes.

The nose also shows rich dark fruit of plum and blackberry followed by vanilla bean, dried herbs, cocoa powder and pepper spice. Big layered aromas. The mouth is bold with the blackberry and pepper spice finishing with a soothing earthy chocolate tone. Paired nicely with my beef roast.

Thanks to the Rodney Strong Team and The Larsen Projekt for introducing me to these delicious wines.


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