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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 8 
ProducerRodney Strong (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationAlexander Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2020 (based on 9 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Rockaway Vineyard on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.5 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 28 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by fingers on 4/7/2014 & rated 86 points: Notes after following for 24 hrs open. Color is very dark, inky purple, almost opaque. Very slow, lightly stained legs and small amount of sediment. Profound aromas of blackberry, oak, and rubbing alcohol. Very heavy palate with enough heat to melt the icecaps (is this Australian?). Clunky and muscle bound, though the tannins have matured enough to not be offensive. It has a good flavor factor, but the alcohol balance is over my tolerable limit. 5+10+15+6=86 (1110 views)
 Tasted by rogerr on 12/28/2013 & rated 92 points: agree with RBC1978 notes. I don't think this wine is singing as well as it did 2 years ago. Still needs time to open up but that brings you dried fruit and earth and mineral in nice proportions. (1196 views)
 Tasted by rbc1978 on 8/11/2012 & rated 91 points: Dark inky purple color, odor of cherry, currant, cocoa and slight vanilla. Opened 1 hour before dinner and still was a little tight with slight tannins to start. Within another 30 minutes it softened up with blackberry and currant flavors and then hints of chocolate and even a note of fennel and finish with light vanilla notes. This wine is at its peak and was a great value for the price. (2821 views)
 Tasted by RandyC on 3/18/2012 & rated 93 points: Very huge wine with lots of inviting fruit and good structure. A real winner that would have benefited from decanting. (3104 views)
 Tasted by rogerr on 12/21/2011 & rated 95 points: Gets better and better. Good freshness and integration. Fruit, tannin, mineral all working in harmony. (3605 views)
 Tasted by krmcgrath on 12/17/2011 & rated 92 points: Dark, black fruit with a dry under core of earth, stems and char. Warm with alcohol this has good structure and a long roasted oaky finish. Actually works very well in a dark chocolate, dark roast black coffee kind of way. Decanted for 2 hours. (2935 views)
 Tasted by Mywife69 on 8/27/2011 & rated 90 points: Did not decant. A little tight upon opening. Strong Cab nose. Wine softened over a period of an hour. Left one glass out for 24 hours. Tannins all gone, very soft and still full of fruit. Definately would have benefited with decanting for a couple hours prior to consumption. (3263 views)
 Tasted by rogerr on 7/10/2011 & rated 93 points: did not have the opportunity to decant. this is nicely integrated now. tannins are soft. really delicious. (2307 views)
 Tasted by Vino Me on 3/27/2010 & rated 90 points: Retailer tasting. Notes of crushed grape skins and caraway seeds. Medium to full bodied. Firm tannins. 90 points. (2999 views)
 Tasted by Aovalle on 3/10/2010 & rated 93 points: Huge!! Decanter for 3 hour and it was still opening up. Very intense and extracted, currant, graphite, earth, plum and red cherry flavors coat your palate followed by velvety and firm tannins. Wonderful wine but need time. (3117 views)
 Tasted by rjhilgers on 3/6/2010: huge red from rodney strong - chile peppers, solid balance...big nice california cab. (3215 views)
 Tasted by BPidgeon on 1/22/2010 & rated 94 points: Blackberry, earth, tannins. Quite good. (3257 views)
 Tasted by rogerr on 11/18/2009 & rated 93 points: Decanted for 2 hours. Big and Delish. (3353 views)
 Tasted by Wine Gent on 8/28/2009 & rated 90 points: Tour - Napa / Sonoma 2009; 8/25/2009-8/29/2009 (Napa / Sonoma, CA): 92% Cab, 4% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. $75 / bottle. Tasted at Rodney Strong winery on Napa / Sonoma trip. $5 for 4 tastings. (181 views)
 Tasted by fwgolfpro on 2/21/2009: Too young to rate IMO. Huge Cab! Lots of stuff going on here, so much that it's a bit disjointed now. Even decanting didn't have much impact. This cab is made for the long haul. All the components of a superior cab are there, they just have to integrate better over the next few years. Very much like that unpopular girl in high school that you thought had some potential and ten years later is a supermodel, well that defines this wine. Judging on the initial tasting this wine is currently at 90-91 points, but has huge upside. Cellar some if you can get it. (3394 views)
 Tasted by dhonig on 11/29/2008 & rated 89 points: Night One

The color is very deep dark garnet almost all the way to the edge, where it finally gives way to about an 1/8" of bright ruby.

The nose is rich and jammy, filled with dark fruit. It is mostly blackcurrant and plum, with some blackberries and eucalyptus at the back end of a big sniff. After an hour of so open a fleeting glimpse of espresso played hide-and-seek amid the fruit.

This was just as dark on the palate, very jammy and sweet. Blackcurrants and mulberry, along with some meaty smokiness opened the attack. Cedar and vanilla made their first appearance on the mid-palate, which quickly evolved to vanilla and brown sugar on toast. The sugar is cloying, the finish long but too sweet, all brown sugar and maple syrup.

Five hours it changed some. Tannins started to appear as the jammy fruit settled down a bit. There was more blackberry, less mulberry and blackcurrant, with a strong smooth leathery tannin backbone. There was a quick vegetal hint in the mid-palate. The finish, though, is still dominated by vanilla, brown sugar and maple.

Night Two

The nose seems to have settled down quite a lot. There is still plenty of fruit but it is balanced by some earth. There is also some licorice and a bit of mixed eucalyptus and menthol.

The wine settled down a great deal on the palate, too. There are still plenty of big flavors, blackberries and plums, but Night Two brings more nuance and more layers. The attack has blackberries and plums, plus licorice and a little spice. The mid-palate is greatly expanded, bringing unsweetened chocolate, cherries, and toasted almond skins. Tannins are smooth and fine, but pronounced. There is plenty of backbone to this, enough to give a few years, at the least, in the cellar.

This is a great big modern wine, very ripe and fru (3425 views)
 Tasted by bigdomer on 11/9/2008 & rated 92 points: Loved this wine! Big, tannic cab that easily outshined all 15 wines at a recent tasting I attended. Great finish, earthy tones. I cannot say enough about this. (3492 views)
 Tasted by drdebs on 8/12/2008 & rated 92 points: Opened to a dark garnet color and aromas of plums, currant, and some pepper. Had a touch of greenness to it, and smoke. All of these were echoed in the flavors. Peppery finish, and surprisingly approachable for such a young wine. Very glycerin in texture. As it opened up, the spiciness increased, and lots of cassis came forward along with some licorice aromas. On the second day, loads of blackberry and cassis, pure and a tad jammy, but still lots of spice in the finish. This wine has an extraordinary texture, and a deep, redolent smokiness. On third day, the wine was knit together beautifully in complete balance with tannins, fruit, spice, and licorice aromas and flavors. Based on this I think it will age very well, and continue to improve and develop, hence a bump up in score. (3496 views)
 Tasted by hutch on 8/9/2007 & rated 89 points: Not released yet. Tasted morning after opening. Inky purple. Dark fruits and heavy mocha notes. Big and rich. Disjointed, with the oak not yet integrated with the fruit. Bitter on finish. NOt very pleasant. 87+?

Tried again at night. Softened up considerably, and much better integrated. Still built in that bruising style, unlike what I get from most of their cabs. But much better, and while it's likely to be a overpriced, this was a nice bottle of wine. 89-91 (3542 views)
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