Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Rodney Strong.
Cold has settled into the DC area. Most days it’s been 13 degrees or under when I leave for work and the same when I return. Standing on an outside platform to catch the Metro is extremely unpleasant, and I come home chilled to the bone. On one of those nights, I bundled up for a trip to the basement and returned with the 2010 Rodney Strong Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. It seemed like an excellent choice to counteract the weather. The wine has a real cork closure, clocks in at 14.5% alcohol by volume, and retails for $28.
Four takeaways from this wine:
1.) On the cold cold night, this wine warmed my soul.
2.) Rodney Strong is an incredibly consistent producer.
3.) This Cab offered lip-smacking black and blue fruit.
4.) I will get to Rodney Strong on my next Northern CA trip. Now to work on having that trip!
On the nose, I found the Alexander Cab to be quite spicy, with pepper, herbs, a slight green note, black berries, and other blue fruit. In the mouth I got blueberry, brambly fruit, black fruit, spice, and pepper. The wine had nice tannins and mouth-filling fruit.