Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Rodney Strong Vineyards Visits The Stirling Club

Rodney Strong, who left behind his successful career as a professional dancer to found Rodney Strong Vineyards in 1959, was a remarkable leader who transformed Sonoma County from rustic farmland into one of the finest wine regions in the country. His legacy continues today as Rodney Strong Vineyards grows and produces wines from grapes in Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Chalk Hill, and Sonoma Coast.

"Today, the winery owns and farms many exceptional vineyards in Sonoma County's prime grape-growing appellations where our critically acclaimed Estate, Vineyard Designated and Reserve wines are grown." — Rick Sayre, winemaker.

Together with The Stirling Club, Rodney Strong Vineyards will present a remarkable wine tasting from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 5 in the north lounge. Participation is only $35, with Stirling Club Wine Society members receiving half off. Reservations are required and seating is extremely limited. Fruit, cheese, and wine will be served.

What To Expect At The Rodney Strong Vineyard Wine Tasting.

Charlotte's Home, Sauvignon Blanc, Estate Vineyard, 2009.
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.

Chalk Hill Estate, Chardonnay, 2008
Aromas are concentrated and complex — white flower, sweet cream, ripe peach, lemon oil, and wet stone — leading to a palate anchored with rich minerality and tropical and stone fruit.

Russian River Estate, Pinot Noir, 2008
A lush and luxurious feel, with tastes of raspberry, light plum and spice that appears midway and continues through the finish. The taste lingers with cherries.

Alexander Valley Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007
Bold fruit aromas and flavors center on red plum and boysenberry, and a rich and mouth-filling texture with soft tannins. All of this is framed in the finest oak barrels for more than 18 months.

Russian River Valley Reserve, Chardonnay, 2008
Bright lemon and apple aromas mingle with hints of toasty barrel complexity, and on the palate, pear and pineapple with spice and a refreshing acidity.

Russian River Valley Reserve, Pinot Noir, 2008
Soft and rich, with layers of red cherry, raspberry, cola, caramel, and a hint of Asian spice, this impressive, deeply colored and full-bodied wine is aged in 100 percent French oak, which adds an elegant toasty vanilla character.

Alexander Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006
Full bodied and richly textured, this cabernet displays intense aromas and flavors of black currant, sandalwood, white pepper, and cocoa, with a smooth, lingering finish.

Alexander Valley, Red Meritage, Symmetry 2007
A generous bouquet of blackberries, ripe dark plums, sweet spices, and a hint of chocolate. It opens boldly on the palate with layers of blackberry, cassis, smoky dark chocolate, and brown spice.

This special evening event is hosted by Ramon Triay, director of food and beverage, and Mitch Preston of Rodney Strong Vineyards. In addition, The Stirling Club wine tastings have become a remarkable opportunity to meet other members.

Non-Stirling Club members may contact Kathleen Gustafson, executive membership director, by email via the The Stirling Club Website. Stirling Club members may also refer guests for consideration. Members may place reservations by calling 702-732-9700.
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