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Date Printed: 7/29/2014
Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2005
Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2005
(search item no. 90777)
The Wine News rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Barrel fermentation in new and seasoned French oak added toasty vanilla and spice complexities, and during 9 1/2 months of barrel aging, the "lees" were regularly stirred in barrel, which gives a certain fullness and creamy texture on the palate. Encouraging malolactic fermentation added additional character, and in the glass the wine is both creamy and crisp, with abundant fruit character, mineral and toasty oak flavors. Enjoy over the next 1-3 years.
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About Rodney Strong Vineyards:

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 winemaking equipment, and exceptional talent. The winery farms and sources grapes from vineyards throughout Sonoma County, focusing on Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley and Chalk Hill. Rodney Strong Vineyards is best known for its estate-bottled and vinyeard-designated wines, and is also recognized for their sustainable and Fish Friendly Farming, dedication to solar energy production and coming carbon neutral in 2009.