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2009 Rodney Strong Dessert & Ice Wine "A True Gentleman's Port"

Winery: Rodney Strong

Vintage: 2009

Wine Name/Vineyard: "A True Gentleman's Port"

Wine Category: Dessert & Ice Wine

Grape blend: 47% Zinfandel, 27% Touriga, & 26% Syrah

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Sonoma County

State or country: CA

Price: $30

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 92 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: August 14, 2015

Wine Review: This dark ruby color Port wine won me over. It opens with a mild black raspberry bouquet with a hint of raisin and faint rum. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, smooth and does a nice job controlling its 18.5% alcohol. The flavor profile is a tasty black cherry and cocoa blend with notes rum and raisin cake. The finish is dry and it is nicely prolonged. I would serve this very good port with cherry pie. Buy online or at the winery. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: In the "Port" wines of Portugal, there is a legally defined set of allowable grape varieties that reflects the long tradition of the region. Here in Sonoma County we believe that the best grapes for making Port styled wines are those that have great fruit flavor, a fine depth of character, and excellent color. For this release we have chosen primarily Zinfandel and Touriga (the most important Port grape in Portugal), with lesser amounts of Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Malbec. The combination of these varietals, from five of our best vineyards, results in a wine with balanced sweetness, powerful flavors, and an unctuous texture that glides on the palate, and lingers. Because of its sweet and special nature, Port is generally considered a dessert wine. It can easily be enjoyed by itself, or with a selection of cheeses, nuts, or even dark chocolate.

Organic status: organic

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