Let’s Rock!

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Rodney Strong Vineyards.

Ah the Rockaway. A mailing list only allocated wine from Rodney Strong. This year Rodney Strong is producing two wines under the Rockaway label, this one and a single vineyard designate that I have yet to taste, but am looking forward to trying soon.  My parents visited the other day to celebrate my dad’s birthday a little early and I decided to open the 2006 Rockaway Cabernet Sauvignon with the herb-crusted rack of lamb I made for the birthday dinner. Heaven. What a match….the melt in your mouth tender lamb chops and the tannins in the Rockaway competing for attention yet melding together…..yum.  The Rockaway had a real cork closure, clocked in at 15.4% alcohol by volume, and retails for $75.

On the nose I got black currants, blackberries, black cherry, espresso, chocolate, pepper, and smoke.  I would have kept smelling this nose but Matt and my dad were quickly downing their glasses and I could see them eying the remainder of the bottle! In the mouth I got crushed flowers, black cherry, coffee, caramel, chocolate, blackberry, cranberry, tart red berries, sour cherry, espresso, and herbs. This is a young wine. Get your bottle and forget about it for 5 years or else give this some serious time (maybe even overnight….) to sit in a decanter. It’s simply a baby.

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