2018 Rodney Strong Sonoma County Cabernet SauvignonThe Wine Twit
The cool, foggy nights that regularly enshroud the winery, though crucial in the ripening process of fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, are less than ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. For that, you have to look north, to the Alexander Valley, where the days are warmer and the strong influence of the cool Pacific Ocean is diminished. Rodney Strong have four estate vineyards of prime Cabernet Sauvignon in the well-drained alluvial, volcanic, and uplifted shale/sandstone soils on the benches and hillsides of the Alexander Valley. Aged for 20 months in oak, 85% American, 15% French. Aromas of blackberry, cocoa, and currant lead to a rich, layered mouthfeel, replete with black cherry, cedar, and cassis, and structured with lush, mature tannins.