Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir 2009
Pinot Noir from Russian River, California
Supple in texture, with rose petal, earth and red fruit aromas, this lively, medium bodied wine is aged in 100% French oak, which adds a subtle, toasty vanilla character.
Wine Enthusiast - "Made in a leaner, drier, lighter style than most Russian River Pinots, but the elegance and complexity are very attractive. Shows a white pepper and herbal note to the sour cherry candy fruit, and is balanced with perfect acidity. A beautiful wine to accompany, not overwhelm, fine foods. Editor's Choice. "
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 Wines
About Russian RiverView a map of Russian River wineries
The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to Christmas trees.
Notable FactsThe proximity of this cool river and the rolling fogs from the Pacific Ocean make the area amenable to cool-climate grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In fact, the region is quite known for its full-bodied, yet elegant Pinot Noir, as well as their ripe, yet lean Chardonnays. Within Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. Chalk Hill is the warmer of the two and furthest from the ocean, while Green Valley is cooler and closer to the water.
About CaliforniaIt'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.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4 }div>3.9 out of 5 stars
- 5 Stars: 7
- 4 Stars: 12
- 3 Stars: 1
- 2 Stars: 4
- 1 Stars: 0
24 ratings, 7 with reviewsRobert Caldwell - New York, NY57/4/2011411/19/201245/9/2012Good value.DaTexanBoy - Conway, AR32/11/2012Robert Vizza - San Francisco, CA41/1/2012412/29/2011410/30/2011Yummy pinot. On the lighter side, very drinkable. Nice berry flavor, went well with BBQ tri-tipvirgo22 - Big Rapids, MI210/11/2011fakename123 - New York, NY510/5/201129/28/2011Mary R - Huntersville, NC59/28/201129/13/2011
Not nearly as good as the vintages of the last few years.Klaus Hofrichter - San Diego, CA28/25/2011wine woodlands fan - Spring, TX48/13/201146/11/201156/7/2011Projectvulcan - Oshkosh, WI45/20/201145/16/2011Green Castle, MO This was a very nice surprise. Enjoy with food or alone. Wonderful berry notes in a round and full flavor. What a treat.45/8/201145/8/201145/7/2011Joe DeRo - Scottsdale, AZ55/7/2011
- Smooth & Supple
I have been a fan of this paticular vineyard, and the 2009 Pinot Noir was very enjoyable. I paired this with some fine cheeses, and a creme brulee, and found it to be very smooth, but not too light.Winston - Los Angeles, CA53/22/2011One of the best pinot's i've tasted52/9/2011very smooth
- Smooth & Supple
- Pair With
- Cheese > Cheddar
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 & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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