"The Petaluma Gap channels coastal fog and sea breezes to the vineyard in late afternoons where cool nights and warm days bring out the very best in our Chardonnay. The longer, colder growing season produces elegant complexity and character delivering true to the appellation wines that are crisp and elegant.
Growing close to the bay leads to salinity in the soils which means lower yields, more concentrated fruit, and a hint of salinity in the wine. Our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is predominantly barrel fermented in new French oak, conveying a toasty vanilla and spice complexity within the wine. The Sonoma Coast Chardonnay brims with notes of apple, pear, pineapple and lemongrass. " ~ Winery notes
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Our story begins over 55 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.
Rodney Strong received the honor of being named Wine Enthusiast's American Winery of the Year in 2013. Introduced in 2000, each year the Wine Enthusiast honors those that have impacted the wine and spirits industry with their Wine Star Awards. With the designation of American Winery of the Year, the Wine Enthusiast has recognized Rodney Strong's commitment to quality, luxury and Sonoma County