2013 Rodney Strong Malbec "Reserve"
Winery: Rodney Strong
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Reserve"
Wine Category: Malbec
Grape blend: 92% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon & 4% Petit Verdot
Region: Sonoma County
State or country: CA
Cases produced: unknown
KWG Score: 88.5 (based on 2 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)
Review date: March 24, 2017
Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Malbec from Rodney Strong was well received by the Tasting Panel. It opens with a fragrant black raspberry bouquet with hints of oak, cinnamon and black cherry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and juicy. The flavor profile is a mild cherry-cola with notes of minerality. We also detected hints of black raspberry, nutmeg and strawberry licorice. The finish is dry and its fades away nicely. The Panel thought this Malbec could be enjoyed on its own. However, others thought it was food friendly as well and could pair nicely with pan seared lamb lollipops (chops) with rosemary, garlic and Dijon. Enjoy - KWGTP
Winemaker Notes: Rich, lush and structured, the 2013 vintage displays intense aromas and flavors of blackberry, black currant, cassis and crushed violet. It is velvety with a smooth, lingering finish of toasty baking spices, vanilla and cocoa. Enjoy this wine now with braised short ribs, roasted leg of lamb or roasted root vegetables or lay a few bottles down in your cellar to enjoy in 4 to 6 years.
Organic status: not organic
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