Unlike me, age has been good to this wine.
As one of Rodney Strong’s Single Vineyard wines, the others being the Alexander Crown and Brothers and all coming from Alexander Valley in Sonoma, this wine has developed nicely. A blend of 98% Cabernet and 2% Malbec and seeing 21 months of 100% French Oak aging with 52% of the barrels being new, the wine showed great structure and depth of fruit. Tannins softened but still showing a rustic edge to the wine and finishing with a smooth and long finish.
Rodney Strong Vineyards has a long tradition; established in 1959 by Rodney Strong and then 30 years later sold to the Klein Family to carry on the tradition. A full line of wines topped off by their “Single Vineyard” wines and their blend “Symmetry.” The first Single Vineyard wine “Alexander Crown” in 1974 followed by “Rockaway” in 2008 (2005 Vintage) and finally “Brothers” in 2010. The “Alexander Crown” being re-released in 2011 as part of the trio of “Single Vineyards.”
The 2012 Rockaway hit the charts in Wine Spectator’s Top 100, coming in at #59 with a 94 Point review. I could almost become a DJ, I said almost.
So ends my first “Wine-Sum-More.”