The last wine from Rodney Strong Vineyards I'm looking at right now is a Sauvignon Blanc. I find this to be a white varietal that really speaks of summer. There's something about the crisp acidity and bold flavors featured in many Sauvignon Blancs that make them an excellent warm weather beverage. The 2007 Rodney Strong Vineyards Charlotte's Home Estate Sauvignon Blanc is sourced primarily the Charlotte's Home vineyard with some fruit coming from other estate vines in Russian River & Alexander Valley. A small percentage of the fruit was fermented in Oak with the majority fermented in Stainless Steel. The suggested retail price for this wine is $14.
The 2007 Sauvignon Blanc from Rodney Strong has an immense nose filled with grapefruit, ripe bosc pear, Meyer lemon and subtle spice notes. The first thing that's apparent when sipping this wine is that it's in the citrus school of Sauvignon Blancs, not the grassy school. That tends to be my preference. Gooseberry, melon, and pear fill the palate of this wine which is very clean, crisp and refreshing. The mid-palate is incredibly rich, fruity and mouth-filling. The finish brings out mineral notes that linger, along with continued zest from the plethora of citrus notes. This wine will pair with light summer foods. Personally I liked this one better sipped on its own.
What I like best about this wine is that it's essentially summer in a glass. All the bright fruit notes, underscored by some mineral and spice complexity speak to me of warm weather. While the suggested retail price is $14, this wine is widely available for closer to $10. If you like Sauvignon Blanc this is a nice value.
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