Vinous 93 points - The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander’s Crown is powerful, intense and super-distinctive. Herbs, rose petal, pomegranate, lavender and raspberry jam hit the palate as this full-throttle, dramatic Cabernet shows off its distinctive savory personality. Readers should expect a big, jammy Cabernet endowed with considerable power. At the same time, the Alexander’s Crown is a rare wine that manages to be both big and highly nuanced.
Wine Enthusiast 90 points - This comes from a vineyard established in 1971-one of the first in the appellation to contribute a single-vineyard bottling of the variety. It features a treasure trove of rich red cherry, leathery tannin and dry mocha on the palate, emboldened by a twist of cedar and dried herb.
Wine Advocate 91 points - A wine that I first recommended highly from the 1974 vintage has reappeared. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander’s Crown is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from this site. There are 1,770 cases of this, which was also bottled unfiltered. Lots of jammy creme de cassis, licorice, charcoal and toasty notes are present in this full-bodied, exuberant, boisterous Cabernet Sauvignon that hits the palate with a thunderous display of glycerin, fruit extract and sweet tannin. This is a big, rich, impressive Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 15-20 years.
Wine Spectator 89 points - Restrained in a structured style, with firm, cedary tannins and dried savory notes. Ends with currant flavors amid the loamy earth and dusty accents. Drink now through 2022. 1,831 cases made.-JL
(Jun 15 2015)
Established in 1971 and recognized as the first vineyard in Sonoma County to produce a single vineyard cabernet
sauvignon, Alexander’s Crown is perched on a hill in the south-center of the Alexander Valley just west of Jimtown. It rises to about 350 feet at its peak with a soil composition of predominantly well drained gravelly loam derived from both river sediments and volcanic activity. The top of the hill, block 1, is red in color, and tends to produce the most intensely flavored wine. The first part of the valley to feel ocean air in the afternoon, the Crown expresses cabernet in an almost Bordeaux-like style, with ripe flavors centered on red fruit, soft tannins, and balanced acidity.
|Our story begins more than 50 years ago, when a celebrated American dancer named Rod Strong settled in Sonoma County to pursue a second lifelong creative passion: winemaking. Rodney Strong Vineyards was the 13th winery bonded in the newly discovered Sonoma County wine industry. A trio of winemaking paths crossed when Rick Sayre joined the team as Winemaker in 1979, and again when the Klein Family, 4th generation California farmers, purchased the winery in 1989 and initiated a renewed commitment of modern artisan winemaking. Through the years, Rodney Strong Vineyards has earned the reputation for critically acclaimed Single Vineyard and Reserve wines, stand out Estate releases and best-in-class Sonoma County varietal wines.