Rodney Strong Vineyards has long had a portfolio loaded with varied releases at a number of tiers and in a multitude of styles. The hallmark of their wines in my view has been consistently well made product that is widely available at a fair price. To that already diverse portfolio they have added a trio of higher end, single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons. These smaller production wines have been launched over the last few years and they are each distinct expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon. Today I’ll take a look at the current release of Alexander’s Crown. The Rodney Strong 2009 Alexander’s Crown Cabernet Sauvignon is a single vineyard wine produced from site specific fruit sourced in Alexander Valley. Not only is all of the fruit from one vineyard but it’s from a single block located at the very peak of the vineyard which sits 250-350 feet above sea level. This particular vineyard was established in 1971 and from it came the very first single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon in all of Sonoma County. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Barrel aging was accomplished over 23 months in entirely French oak; 40% of the barrels were new. This wine has a suggested retail price of $75.
Blackberry aromas burst forth from the nose of this Cabernet Sauvignon. Accompanying aromas of toast, vanilla and hints of pine resin are present as well. Oodles of deep, dark, ripe berry fruit flavors emerge on the palate which is studded with depth, complexity and graceful power. Black pepper spice plays a role as well and leads into the persistent finish which is marked by chocolate dipped cherry characteristics and wisps of chicory as well as a bit of clove. This is a terrifically structured wine with firm acidity and tannins. It’s delicious now, particularly after an hour or so in the decanter but will be even lovelier if you give it a few years of proper storage. This is another winner from the folks at Rodney Strong Vineyards.