Wine Advocate 92 points - Rodney Strong offers three single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Rockaway, which comes from an elevation of 225 to 700 feet, has dense blueberry and blackberry fruit, sweet, pure cassis, touches of minerality and flowers, and a long, layered mouthfeel with moderate tannin. This is another firmly structured yet well-endowed Alexander Valley Cabernet to drink over the next 3-4 years as well as the following 20-25.
Established in 1994, Rockaway is planted mostly to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but includes all five of the classic Bordeaux varieties. Rising up to an elevation of
750 feet, the land generally slopes northeast and southwest, with soils comprised of gravelly clay subsoil over fractured sandstone. This well-drained, low pH earth
tends to encourage the production of small-berried clusters, ideal for making a bold, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon with juicy red and black fruit character, and an
elegantly round and seductive mid-palate.
|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.