Rodney Strong Sonoma Chardonnay 2000
All in all a balance of cool periods for more controlled ripening and forward fruit flavors coupled with enough sun to get the fruit in in good condition produced an enticing Sonoma County Chardonnay.
This is a pretty wine from start to rich and long finish. The bouquet, floral and bright, is a pleasant balance of oak to fruit. Peach and citrus notes mingle nicely with light spice and vanilla aromas.
The citrus is carried through to the palate where fresh and crisp apple and lemon flavors meld to a long, smooth but fresh finish.
I like to have this wine with a casual meal that includes a crisp salad with freshly toasted nuts with a dressing of hazelnut oil alongside a corn tortilla filled with fresh fish and vegetables."
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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 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 vineyard-designated wines, and is also recognized for their sustainable and Fish Friendly Farming, dedication to solar energy production and becoming carbon neutral in 2009.