100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California.
Sample submitted for review. SRP of $17 but available for $11.99 at Costco.
From the bottle:
"Our 2008 Sonoma County cabernet sauvignon has vibrant aromas of cherry and black olive, along with rich fruit and lingering spicy oak flavors. It's grown in the rugged, rocky hills and valleys of the warmest regions in Sonoma County where rich and distinct cabernet sauvignon thrives.
Rodney Strong Vineyards is deeply committed to being Green. We are the first carbon neutral winery in Sonoma County, we practice sustainable and fish friendly farming and use solar power to produce our wine.
Sonoma County, California
Tasting as many different wines as I do, I often find myself disappointed with wines that have garnered lofty reputations. Many of the over-hyped wines just don't live up to expectations. Rodney Strong vineyards has quite a reputation and even though I liked their Chalk Hill Chardonnay I was a little concerned this Cabernet wouldn't live up to the acclaim. Turns out I had little reason to worry.
The 2008 Rodney Strong Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon begins with nice strong aromas of plum, vanilla, cedar, and black cherry. The wine has a rich taste and a full texture. Its dark fruit flavors are balanced well with spice, vanilla, and oak. The dry finish features prominent but soft tannins and the dark fruit flavors linger enticing another drink. Just a really solid Cabernet Sauvignon that I would be quite happy to drink on a regular basis.
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