2015 Rodney Strong "Reserve" Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1403856 97 points Decanter

 Wonderfully refined, sumptuous and complex. Notes of dense ripe red fruits, generous blackcurrants and warm spice with cedar wood, tobacco, dark plum and chocolate. Powerful and rich yet with real elegance and finesse.  (5/2019)

92 points Vinous

 The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from Rodney Strong is gorgeous. Black cherry, plum, chocolate, spice, leather and new French oak are front and center in a racy, voluptuous, flamboyant Cabernet that will drink well with minimal cellaring. (AG)  (5/2019)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Smoky oak and firm, grippy tannins rise to the front of the palate in this reserve-tier wine. It is 100% varietal and sourced from multiple vineyards. Thick black fruit is complemented by cedar and dried herb atop a velvety smooth texture. (VB)  (9/2019)

Connoisseurs Guide

 Never a forceful wine in any way, yet nicely focused on currants and black cherries and gently sweetened by a carefully managed complement of creamy oak throughout, this very comfortable young effort has the supple, slightly rounded feel of a Cabernet that is a bit older than it, in fact, is. It is sure to hold effortlessly for a half-dozen years, but we suspect it will peak a bit earlier than that and, in truth, can be enjoyed with juicy cuts of lamb or beef in the relative near term. *One Star*  (4/2019)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "Rich, lush and structured, the 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon displays intense aromas of black currant, cassis and crushed violet. This wine is velvety with a smooth, lingering finish of herbal notes, vanilla and cocoa. Visitors to the winery often ask what "Reserve" Cabernet Sauvignon means to us. It’s simple. Reserve means the winemaker’s careful blend of individual Cabernet Sauvignon lots made from time tested, meticulously farmed sections of some of the very best hillside vineyards in Alexander Valley and from our Cooley Ranch vineyards in the mountains north of Lake Sonoma. Select areas within each vineyard are hand harvested individually, fermented separately and aged in the finest French oak barrels."


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By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/4/2019 | Send Email
A bold, expressive nose full of toast and smoke greets you from the glass. On the palate the wine has lots of barrel spice and a fair amount of tannin, for an elegant wine. This wine shows more of the Alexander Valley elegance and size than power, yet it finishes with a sturdy grip.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/3/2019 | Send Email
There is a ton of dark, black cherries on the nose of this wine. At moments, nearly reminiscent of cherry cordial, this is a big, rich and velvety Cabernet. The palate the tannin is softened, with just a hint of tannin and plenty of sweet fruit. This is all about soft, delicious, decadent fruit character. Really nice wine.

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/7/2019 | Send Email
This Reserve Cab from Rodney Strong aims to be a bridge between new world and old world Cabs. It succeeds quite nicely at that goal and got 97 points from Decanter to show for it. It starts off as a fairly big wine, full of luscious dark fruit, tart acidity, and a little earthiness. As it progresses, the fruit comes out even more boldly, but it never gets to the point of being juicy. There's a good amount of toasted oak and big tannins to provide great structure and spice. This wine is ready to drink now if you like a more fruit-forward Cali style Cab, but it's certainly set up to age elegantly and will develop more Bordeaux-type qualities as it matures in your cellar.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/3/2019 | Send Email
This walks a beautiful line between classic and modern. There's an old school feel about the moderate extraction and savory aspects of this delicious Cab. But there's also generous ripe fruit and plenty of flashy, smoky oak. It's perfectly proportioned and refined with resonating flavors of smoked plum, red currant, cocoa nib, scorched cedar, pipe tobacco and new leather. Approachable now but with plenty of power for a long life in the cellar. A great showing from Rodney Strong and a perfect example of how top Sonoma Cabs can hang with the big guns from Napa at a fraction of the price!
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