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2013 Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon "Rockaway"

Winery: Rodney Strong

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Rockaway"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec, 4% Merlot & 3% Petit Verdot

Region: Alexander Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $75

Cases produced: 1,647

KWG Score: 92 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93)

Review date: March 19, 2017

Wine Review: This pitch black colored Cabernet Sauvignon from Rodney Strong was my favorite of the three 2013 Single Vineyard offerings. It opens with a very fragrant ripe boysenberry and blackberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, slightly acidic and fruit forward. The flavor profile is a mild mineral infused black currant with notes of black olive and black pepper. I also detected hints of vanilla oak in the background. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins build up and stick around for quite some time. I would pair this beauty with a well marbled-ribeye. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: The 2013 Rockaway has wonderful concentrated flavors of black cherry, red currant and plum with a hint of sage and leather. The earthy minerality of the wine is balanced out by notes of baking spices with a rich, complex structure and a long lingering finish. Enjoy this wine now or cellar it for enjoyment for years to come.

Organic status: not organic

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