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Rodney Strong Rockaway Cabernet Sauvignon Single Vineyard
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Rodney Strong Rockaway Cabernet Sauvignon Single Vineyard 2013

Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United StatesRockaway was first planted in 1994 to mostly to cabernet sauvignon and merlot, but includes all five of the classic Bordeaux varieties that rise in elevation up to 750 feet. The blend is 81/12/4/3/ cabernet sauvignon, malbec, merlot and petit verdot all aged in 26 months in French oak barrels of which just under half is new. The is a powerful, mountain wine that delivers flavour and finesse. In the middle of Alexander Valley, Rockaway Vineyard with average temperatures of 62 degrees provides the perfect balance of warm afternoons and cool Pacific mornings and evenings. Its well-drained hillsides and low pH soil gives up mostly small-berried clusters. In 2013 the harvest was near perfect; a dry, frost-free spring, a warm summer with minimal heat spikes, and a warm, rain-free autumn championed perfectly mature fruit. Black cherry, red currants and plum dominate with a savoury ‘Sonoma’ undercurrent and warm baking spices at the end. Long, rich and complex, this has along life ahead.Tasted: 08 March 2017Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 99.00 speculative listing - Mark Anthony Brands AB 80.00 fine wine stores US 75.00 winery direct Producer: Rodney Strong Estate VineyardsDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Varietal: Cabernet SauvignonCSPC: 605824UPC: 87512090125