Rodney Strong Old Vines Zinfandel 1997

Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 11809
  • red wine

Winemaker's Notes

Gnarled and twisted old Zinfandel vines are as expressive as the wines they produce. The power and concentration of our 1997 Old Vine Zinfandel is the sensory equivalent of the magnificence of these beautiful old vines.

Aromas of earth, clove, sweet pipe tobacco and dark cherries express the character drawn from the seasoned vines along the Russian River in both the Alexander and Russian River valleys. A cedar and sandelwood aroma from ten months in American oak barrels is a delightful match with flavors that are earthen and smoky with overtones of sweet blackberry and strawberry fruit. This wine produced from 100% Zinfandel has classic old vine character carried through in a full-bodied wine with a long lingering finish.

In keeping with its California heritage, I like to serve this wine with a selection of grilled fresh garden vegetables and Sonoma sausages. -Rick Sayre, Winemaker

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Founded by wine industry pioneer, Rod Strong, in 1959, Rodney Strong Vineyards is now owned by the Kleins, a farming-based family that prides itself on land stewardship and a relentless push for superior wine quality from Sonoma County. After purchasing the company in 1989, Tom Klein began the endeavor that today brings together excellent vineyards, the industry's finest...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Zinfandel

Zinfandel(ZIN-fahn-dell) American Grape Zinfandel the American - or Californian - grape. Although it's not from America (Croatia has been named its origin), it does seem quite at home in the vineyards of California. During Prohibition, many Zinfandel vines survived as the high-yielding grape was popular both for home winemaking and communion wine, which is...

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