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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 19 
TypeRed
ProducerRodney Strong (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
DesignationEstate Vineyards
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationRussian River Valley
UPC Code(s)087512927957

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2014 (based on 4 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.2 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 62 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by cmcmullen on 10/20/2014: Family dinner - tasted very good! (671 views)
 Tasted by garvens on 8/20/2014 & rated 90 points: Nice earthy Pinot with good fruit - black cherry. Had with pizza. (780 views)
 Tasted by Nym la plaise on 7/21/2014 & rated 100 points: Please drink with wild mushroom
Risotto!! (787 views)
 Tasted by Krisb2 on 6/6/2013 & rated 85 points: Pleasant & tasty - very drinkable & decent value. (2688 views)
 Tasted by Coleman on 5/27/2013 & rated 88 points: Nice wine. Cherry, vanilla, a little cinnamon. Nothing overly complex, but very drinkable Pinot. (2597 views)
 Tasted by mikeculkin on 2/23/2013 & rated 87 points: The smell reminds me of toasted cinnamon and cloves. The taste starts with berries and leaves a woody aftertaste. Great wine! (2918 views)
 Tasted by Coleman on 1/5/2013 & rated 88 points: Nice, clean wine. Cherry, vanilla, raspberry. (3313 views)
 Tasted by It's Wine Time on 11/22/2012 & rated 90 points: Vanilla forward with a slight oak notes. Great paired with our Thanksgiving turkey dinner. (4127 views)
 Tasted by brigcampbell on 10/7/2012: Whoa, this wine saw a heavy hand on the oak treatment. Distracting actually, off balance. Bright cherry fruit flavors. Very soft at this point so feel comfortable drinking now, probably not worth aging. (3562 views)
 Tasted by ewisor on 8/28/2012 & rated 84 points: Popped and poured. Drank over 3 evenings. Way over oaked on the 1st evening, was OK on the 2nd evening. Best on the 3rd evening when the oak burned off and revealed some modest cherry notes, hence the 84 rating. Definitely decant this one. May improve with some short term cellar time. Not sure if it is worth sitting on 6 bottles to see what happens. (3869 views)
 Tasted by The13thGryphon on 8/22/2012 & rated 87 points: Nose is dark cherry and cigar, along with floral and mineral notes. Palate is dark cherry, blackberry, raspberry, leather, and mineral. Well balanced, with a smooth tannic structure. Very drinkable, especially for the price. (3411 views)
 Tasted by S. Pedaler on 8/16/2012 & rated 77 points: Would not buy again. A bit tart and thin. Not very complex. (3073 views)
 Tasted by matthewluczy on 8/13/2012 & rated 86 points: Bought at cost through Dukes... what can I say? It's a California Pinot that's been glossed over with enough oak to stave off horrendous imbalance. (2571 views)
 Tasted by duliano on 8/13/2012 & rated 88 points: This wine is a nice light to medium body pinot noir.
I could pick up hints of cherry in the aroma
While the taste had a bit of blackberry along with a light toasted oak. (2563 views)
 Tasted by agorman on 7/5/2012 & rated 88 points: Good, deep ruby color; more round depth of flavor and "chew" than we expected; very smooth, with a straightforward, easy finish. My impression is that the drinking window given was a bit too short. This wine has potential cellar life beyond 2013 even if it does't improve substantially. (2745 views)
 Tasted by sipnwine on 5/24/2012: Opened this and it had a very burnt earth/wood aroma and flavor. My wife described it as rubbery tasting. We let it sit over night, not much better. I won't be purchasing this again. I think it's time to move on to Oregon Pinots (2942 views)
 Tasted by blaze1984 on 4/27/2012 & rated 90 points: Hint of vanilla. Good finish. Paired extremely well with lean chicken (2895 views)
 Tasted by Kahnru12 on 4/8/2012: Unremarkable Pinot. (2992 views)
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Rodney Strong

Producer website

Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.

USA

WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!

California

California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

Sonoma County

Sonoma County Vintners

Russian River Valley

Russian River Valley Winegrowers Association | Wikipedia

 
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