2013 Rodney Strong Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

Year: 2013
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Country: USA - California
Connoisseurs' Guide: 88
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"From its mild, but well-defined nose of red cherries and subtle oak sweetness to its like-minded flavors and slightly velvety feel, this very easy-to-like effort is wonderfully steady in focus, even if it is not the most potent Pinot around. It is the kind of wine whose comparatively mannerly style makes it a fine choice to go with tonight's dinner, but it is so neatly balanced that it should keep nicely for a half-dozen years. Reviewed: February 2015" (CG)

Winery Notes:
Winemaking Notes:
Grown in some of the coolest areas within the Sonoma Coast region, this traditionally made Pinot Noir aged for 10 months in French oak barrels, a third of them new. This medium bodied wine starts with aromas of pomegranate, cola, raspberry and spice, with crisp acidity and vibrant fruit and spice fl avors that fi nish smooth and silky.

Situated in the Southern and Western end of Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast is a distinct region that is directly influenced by the Pacific Ocean and is known to produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of exceptional complexity with true varietal and terroir characteristics unique to the region. Sonoma Coast’s climate means the region is ideally suited to cold-climate viticulture, encouraging the full expression of both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which are very different to those from warmer regions. Our Pinot Noir comes from two distinct areas of Sonoma Coast-a majority from Green Valley and the remainder from Petaluma Gap. Green Valley is known to be the coldest area within the AVA with a strong coastal climate infl uence due to constant fog in the miles near the Pacifi c Ocean and the channel created to bring that fog further inland via the Russian River and Petaluma Gap. Combined with its unique soil type-Goldridge, Green Valley Pinot Noir exhibits unique characteristics true to cool climate Sonoma Coast and our vineyards within Green Valley help us create an exemplary medium-bodied, acidic, elegant Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.

The Vineyards:
2013 was the kind of growing season that most would wish we could have every year: a dry, frost-free spring, a warm summer without heat spikes, and a warm, rain free autumn that allows for picking all varieties in their turn when they are perfectly mature. This Pinot Noir was harvested from vineyards in Sonoma Coast between September 11th and September 17th.