Rodney Strong Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc 2003
Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma County, California
The Sonoma County harvest of 2000 was considered one of the heaviest in recent history. The Sauvignon Blanc yield, however, was an exception to the rule. Spring rains during bloom hit Sauvignon Blanc vines, lowering its yield. Once again, less fruit meant more intensity to fewer berries. This years Sauvignon Blanc is packed with fresh fruit character. The bouquet is predominately tropical with banana and orange blossom and slight touches of peach and nutmeg. Aromas are broad and effusive. A full and round mouth-feel in the wine along with a slightly creamy finish surround flavors of apricot, grapefruit and almond. Partial barrel fermentation knits the fresh, clean quality of this wine into a beautifully balanced composition.
I would serve a dish that matches the wines elegance, as well as its freshness, such as Filet of Salmon with Dijon Mustard Sauce and Grapes. -Richard B. Sayre, Winemaker
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. View all Rodney Strong Vineyards WinesRelated Links:It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.