25 Sep Rodney Strong releases three single-vineyard cabs
Rodney Strong Vineyards recently hosted a dinner in the heart of the Rockaway Vineyard to celebrate the release of three single vineyard cabernet sauvignons from the Alexander Valley. Overlooking the vineyard, guests dined on food by Chef Tara Wachtel while enjoying the wines of Rodney Strong with owner Tom Klein, winemakers Rick Sayre and Greg Morthole and grower relations’ manager Ryan Decker.
Rodney Strong Vineyards, established in 1959 by dancer Rod Strong and purchased by the Klein family in 1989, owns 12 estate vineyards in Sonoma Country. Three of the vineyards, featured at the event, are from the Alexander Valley.
Alexander Valley, located at the northern end of Sonoma County, 22 miles long and adjacent to the Russian River, has 15,000 acres are planted on hillsides to the east and west. Best known for growing Bordeaux varietals, the Alexander Valley is one of the warmer regions in Sonoma County. The region received its AVA status in 1984.
Rodney Strong’s three vineyards in the Alexander Valley are Alexander’s Crown Vineyard, Rockaway Vineyard and Brothers Ridge Vineyard. The single vineyard series represents the individual places in Alexander Valley and are only produced in excellent years. All three vineyards are hillside vineyards but they vary in elevations ranging from north to south. The fruit is hand-picked in all three and blocks are kept separate. The vineyards also share good water drainage and nutrient deficient clusters. 2012 was an excellent year across Alexander Valley resulting in Rodney Strong releasing single vineyard bottling from each of the vineyards.
Read the complete story in the Napa Valley Register.
Check out photos from the release party in the vineyard: [miniflickr photoset_id=72157658485978160&sortby=date-posted-asc&per_page=36]