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Rodney Strong

Rodney Strong
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$37

Rodney Strong
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, cherry, pomegranate juice, rose water, shoe leather, and chocolate fudge with a full body and a warming, very long finish with shades of blackberry and boysenberry, plum sauce with balsamic pomegranate, mint, bell pepper, and italian leather, and cedar with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. An excellent and well crafted Cabernet that shows well today, but gives me every confidence that it will be more harmonious and delectable in 5 years.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky, New World & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: blackberry, cherry, pomegranate juice, rose water, shoe leather, and chocolate fudge
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with shades of blackberry and boysenberry, plum sauce with balsamic pomegranate, mint, bell pepper, and italian leather, and cedar
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: In 6+ years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An excellent and well crafted Cabernet that shows well today, but gives me every confidence that it will be more harmonious and delectable in 5 years.

The Producer

Rodney Strong Vineyards

The Producer
11455 Old Readwood Highway
Healdsburg, CA 95448
USA
1 707-433-6521

Cabernet Sauvignon

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Cabernet Sauvignon is a variety that is the source of some of the world’s most celebrated and longest-lived reds. Grown in many countries, it is most famous in Bordeaux, where it is the principal grape in red Bordeaux as well as in California – especially Napa Valley- where it is labeled by its varietal name.

Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas and flavors of black currant, cassis, black cherry and sometimes plum (in warmer regions or vintages). Quite rich on the palate, the variety is very tannic, giving its wines a bitter edge in their youth, but also providing the wines with great aging potential, with top flight examples drinking well for as long as four or five decades. Given their richness and flavor profile, wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon need to be paired with rich red meats, such as steaks and roasts as well as game.

Besides France and California, other countries with warm growing regions also excel with Cabernet Sauvignon. These include the Maipo and Colchagua Valleys in Chile as well as the Bolgheri district, situated on the coast of Tuscany.