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A powerful red blend from the hillsides of Alexander Valley and high elevation vineyards in rugged Northern Sonoma, this wine is lush with wild dark berries, plum and minerality. The wine has a nice balance between fruit, earth and finishes with a long lingering finish of vanilla and baking spices. The soft, supple, and mature tannins give this wine a strong backbone, while the 20 months of barrel aging have softened the wine enough to enjoy now.
Katy's Red Blend consists of 34% Zinfandel, 33% Malbec, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petite Verdot
At Rodney Strong Vineyards we focus on modern artisan winemaking, exclusively from Sonoma County, California. Our family-owned winery is committed to quality wines and to protecting our resources for the future. We are solar powered, certified sustainable, practice Fish Friendly Farming and Sonoma County's first carbon neutral winery.
We named this wine club exclusive red blend for Wine Club Coordinator Katy Turner.
The Alexander Valley AVA is 22 miles long, ranging in elevation from 150 to 1500 feet above sea level. We've determined the best blocks are typically located just below the ridge tops with a western facing aspect to capture the full warmth and light of the afternoon sun. Heat dominates in the northernmost hills near our Brothers Vineyard, with average growing-season temperatures of 67 degrees, allowing Cabernet Sauvignon to ripen well. Cooley Vineyard is located in rugged northwestern Sonoma County above Lake Sonoma. The vineyard blocks are planted at high elevations ranging from 800-2000 feet, on rocky, reddish clay loam volcanic soils.
The 2016 growing season was about as close to ideal as we can get. We received an average amount of rain over winter, with only one big storm coming through in early March that topped off soil moisture. Spring was very pleasant, so the vines got off to a great, albeit early, start. Average temperatures continued through summer, with the occasional heat spike. Warm temperatures continued into the fall, so the harvest started earlier than normal. Northern Alexander Valley kicked off at the end of August.