Saturday, November 13, 2010

Rodney Strong "Charlotte's Home" Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Rodney Strong "Charlotte's Home" Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Origin: Northern Sonoma, California
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.8%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: September 2010
Purchase Price: $10.99

Our review: Greenish straw-colored, this wine has a pleasing herbal citrus aroma with a little grassiness (maybe lemongrass). Initially quite smooth on the palate, the citrus flavors have a slight tropical character to them before increasing in tartness into the finish, which is nice and adds a little minerality but is otherwise unremarkable.

Our rating: We enjoyed this wine, serving our bottle with an Asian-inspired chicken dish. We think it may pair slightly better with seafood, though. 10% of the production was cellared in oak, which seems to have contributed to the wine's smoothness and added some depth. We previously rated the Rodney Strong "Charlotte's Home" Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Average, but we think this is a much better effort, rating it Above Average, nearly Excellent.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Light, crisp, and highly aromatic, the warmer climate Alexander Valley fruit gives the wine ripe pear and melon character, while the ocean cooled Russian River fruit offers citrus, mineral, and traditional herbaceous qualities."

Winery website: Rodney Strong Vineyards.

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