Lot #50 RODNEY STRONG VINEYARDS
Alexander's Crown Vineyard, Rockaway Vineyard, Brothers Vineyard
- Sonoma County
ABOUT THE WINE:
This “Triple Play” auction lot represents the love Tom Klein, proprietor of Rodney Strong Vineyards and recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, has for baseball and hillside Cabernet. The Alexander’s Crown, Rockaway, and Brothers Vineyards collectively tell the story of unique growing sites all within the Alexander Valley. These three sites range from south to north and increase in elevation from 300 feet to over 1,000 feet, with the north being much warmer than the south. This one-of-a-kind blend of the three sites showcases layers of complexity due to these different sites and their unique terroir.
These grapes were 100% estate grown, meticulously farmed and single vineyard in origin, ultimately bringing terroir and skillful technique together. Hand-selected clusters from each vineyard were delivered to the Artisan Cellar in small bins, de-stemmed then fermented in small, temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. “Triple Play” was then aged in 100% new French oak for 24 months.
Explosive aromas of cassis, bittersweet chocolate, and violets give way to lush flavors of blackberry compote and vanilla with firm but resolved tannins. Decanting this wine is recommended in its youth, but those with the patience to cellar this wine will be rewarded.
WINEMAKER(S): Justin Seidenfeld
ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: December 2023
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: May 2024
National Distribution: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, Washington, DC
International Distribution: Includes Japan; please inquire for additional countries.A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered in your market as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date.