Rodney Strong

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

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Rodney Strong 'Knotty Vines' Zinfandel 2016
"Fresh, bright berry fruit combined with the ripe peppery jamminess make for a wonderful diversity of flavor showcasing the best that Zinfandel can offer in one wine. Aging for 16 months in French and American oak enhances the Zinfandel’s inherent spicy qualities."
Item Number: 33206
Case: $191.40

Rodney Strong 'Sonoma' Merlot 2015
Wilfred Wong 89 "With Merlots, I often think that wineries should not make too big a wine, that territory is already covered by Cabernet. The 2015 Rodney Strong Merlot stays perfectly happy in its "sweet" spot. BTW, this is not a sweet wine. TASTING NOTES: This wine is nervy and bright. Its aromas
Item Number: 31230
Case: $155.40

Rodney Strong 'Sonoma' Chardonnay 2017
"Displays aromas of baked apple, pear and citrus along with white blossom aromas. On the palate, the baked fruit and toasty brioche leads to a creamy, well-balanced finish."
Item Number: 30756
Case: $131.40

Rodney Strong 'Brothers Ridge' Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
"This 100% varietal wine hails from a site east of Cloverdale, in a warm pocket reaching up to 1,030-feet in elevation. It offers a full-bodied concentration of black cherry, raspberry and clove flavor, with a smooth texture and mild, toasty oak. Chocolate mocha marks the finish."
Item Number: 30655

Rodney Strong Symmetry 2014
92  Wine & Spirits 
Wine & Spirits 92 "Rodney Strong’s investments in hillside vineyards have been paying off in wines like this 2014, a blend based on cabernet sauvignon from the Brothers Vineyard in the hills above Geyserville. It includes small lots of merlot and petit verdot from estate properties in Alexander
Item Number: 30104
Case: $239.70

Rodney Strong 'Chalk Hill' Chardonnay 2016
90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90"This estate produced wine comes from vineyards first planted by Rodney Strong in 1965.Marked by an abundance of tropical fruit flavors, this picks up some creamy and spicy notes from the judicious use of new and seasoned oak."
Item Number: 30092
Case: $191.40

Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Aromas of blackberry, cocoa and currant lead to a rich, layered mouthfeel, replete with black cherry, cedar and cassis. Structured with lush, mature tannins.
Item Number: 30075
Case: $167.40

Rodney Strong 'RRV' Pinot Noir 2015
"The 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir has wonderful aromas of dark cherry, plum and dark raspberry accompanied by clove and cinnamon baking spice notes on the palate. The wine is lush and rich, with a silky textured mouthfeel and well-balanced acidity."
Item Number: 29445
Case: $191.40

Rodney Strong 'Reserve' Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
90  Decanter 
Decanter 90 "A high octane style with oak and intense black fruit on the nose. Shiny, posh and plush palate, with well-integrated oak and sweet ripe tannins."  Wine Advocate 90 "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is medium to deep garnet-purple in color and scented of crushed blackberries, wild
Item Number: 28838
Case: $209.70

Rodney Strong 'Alex Crown' Cabernet Sauvingnon 2015
"Alexander’s Crown exhibits flavors of black and red cherry, blackberries, dried herbs, and violets. The wine is elegant, with a rich mouthfeel, soft tannins, and a long lingering finish with a touch of mocha. Enjoy this wine now or cellar it for enjoyment in 8 to 10 years."

Rodney Strong 'Rockaway' Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
The 2015 Brothers is a deeply rich wine with complex dark fruit flavors. The wine is voluptuous and is bursting with blackberry, plum and wonderful chocolate notes followed by a round and seductive mid-palate and a long lingering finish. Enjoy this wine now or cellar it for enjoyment in 8 to 10

Rodney Strong 'Knotty Vines' Zinfandel 2015
"Fresh, bright berry fruit from their heritage Russian River vineyard combined with the ripe, peppery jam, from our Alexander Valley and Dry Creek vineyards make for a wonderful diversity of flavor, showcasing the best that Zinfandel can offer. This wine offers notes of blackberry, plum and

Rodney Strong 'Alex Crown' Cabernet Sauvingnon 2014
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander's Crown Vineyard Estate opens with notions of freshly crushed red and black currants with touches of black cherries and mulberries plus a waft of fallen leaves. Medium to full-bodied, it has a good firm

Rodney Strong 'Sonoma' Chardonnay 2016
Rodeny Strong barrel fermented 60% of this wine and aged that portion in barrel for 6 months, stirring the lees every month. This method offers the wine a touch of spice and vanilla, while cold fermenting the remainder to maximize a fresh fruit-forward character. The Sonoma County Chardonnay

Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
This Cabernet Sauvignon is grown in the rugged, rocky hills and valleys of the warmest regions in Sonoma County where rich and distinct Cabernet Sauvignon thrives. It has vibrant aromas of cherry and black pepper, along with rich fruit and lingering spicy oak flavors.

Rodney Strong 'Sonoma' Merlot 2014
89  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 89 "The Rodney Strong Sonoma County Merlot is lush with predominate notes of blackberries, black cherry and plum with a hint of dried herbs. This wine is silky and voluptuous with soft tannins and finishes with a touch of dried cocoa and vanilla. The luscious dark fruit flavors are

Rodney Strong 'Knotty Vines' Zinfandel 2014
Sourced from several appellations, including the producer's heritage Russian River Valley site, this wine offers smoky oak, bacon and blackberry jam flavors. Thick and florally perfumed, it balances its brawnier side with spice.

Rodney Strong 'Chalk Hill' Chardonnay 2015
Barrel fermentation in new and seasoned French oak added toasty vanilla and spice complexities. During the twelve months of barrel aging, we regularly stirred the "lees" in barrel, which imparts an elegant fullness and creamy texture on the palate. In the glass, the wine is both creamy and crisp,

Rodney Strong 'RRV' Pinot Noir 2014
" The 2014 Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir has lovely aromas of red fruit, floral and earth. With a soft and silky texture, on the palate cherry, cranberry, and baking spice characteristics shine through with balance, acidity and a nice lingering finish. This medium bodied wine was aged for

Rodney Strong 'Sonoma' Chardonnay 2015
"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

Rodney Strong Symmetry 2013
91  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 91  "Lastly, the 2013 Symmetry is a Bordeaux blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec and 4% Merlot. This is a suave, supple-textured wine with sweeter tannin, more forward personality, and loads of red and black currant fruit as well as some

Rodney Strong 'Brothers Ridge' Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90 "This is a rich and complex Cabernet with bold fruit aromas and flavors of red plum and boysenberry. With mouth filling texture and soft tannins, this wine offers a dry and satisfying finish. The 2011 Rodney Strong Cabernet is good to drink now and for the next few years. " 

Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon is rich with dark cherry, plum and baking spices. The delicious fruit is accompanied by crushed violet and black pepper notes. The palate has medium tannins, lingering spicy oak flavors and a lush finish."

Rodney Strong 'Alex Crown' Cabernet Sauvingnon 2013
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 "A famous wine from the early days of The Wine Advocate, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander’s Crown Single Vineyard comes from a lower elevation of 250 to 360 feet. The wine displays broad, sweet crème de cassis, black cherry and blueberry fruit, some licorice, graphite, a

Rodney Strong 'Rockaway' Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
The Rockaway Cabernet Sauvignon possesses powerful and slightly tannic with concentrated flavors of blackberry, currant and a hint of toast with a rich, full body, complex structure and a lingering elegant finish.