*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Rodney Strong.
I smell the blood of an Englishman! Ok, not really, but I keep thinking fairy tales and Brothers Grimm when I think about the name of this wine. Sometimes you’re in the mood for a big wine. This one has you covered in that regard. I suggest a big juicy steak or my delicious rack of lamb to help cut through the tannins on this wine. The wine is the 2006 Rodney Strong Brother’s Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon. Retailing for $75, the wine is a single-vineyard Cabernet that is part of Rodney Strong’s Rockaway line. It had a real cork closure and clocked in at 15.4% alcohol by volume.
On the nose currants, herbs, anise, earth, blackberries, chocolate, milk chocolate, black cherries, forest floor, and wild strawberries all clamored for attention. Oak was quite present, but integrated as the wine breathed. I would certainly suggest holding this wine for some time or at least giving it several good hours in the decanter. In the mouth dark dark fruit, blackberry, black cherry, dark spices, bitter chocolate, earth, and herbs that I want to call cardamom dominated. The tannins on the finish are huge and need time to mellow. Overall this is a baby of a wine.