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2013 Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon

Rodney-Strong-Cabernet-SauvignonAt Rodney Strong Vineyards we focus on modern artisan winemaking, exclusively from Sonoma County, California. Our family-owned winery is committed to quality wines and to protecting our resources for the future. We are solar-powered, certify ed sustainable, practice Fish Friendly Farming and Sonoma County’s first carbon neutral winery.

From the winemaker – “Our 2013 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon is rich with dark cherry, plum and baking spices. The delicious fruit is accompanied by crushed violet and black pepper notes. The palate has medium tannins, lingering spicy oak flavors and a lush finish. Enjoy this Cabernet now with grilled steak, pot roast, pork shoulder or pasta with a tomato sauce.”

Enjoy with cornish game hens, duck or turkey prepared in rich, hearty or heavy sauces or hard cheeses like Parmigiano or Romano and firm cheeses like Cheddar.

Rating:

This wine was previously given a 89 point rating by Wine Enthusiast.

 

2013 Horse Heaven Hills H3 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon

The vineyards in Horse Heaven Hills are the source and inspiration behind the H3 wines. The hills have been home to the Columbia Crest winery for more than two decades, and it is this heritage, combined with innovative winemaking and vineyard knowledge, that allow our winemaker to create wines that capture the unique terroir of the region.

From the winemaker – “This bold Cabernet opens with flavors of black cherries and blackberries with a touch of currants and vanilla, complemented by earth and mineral notes. Deep berry flavors lead to a soft tannin cocoa finish.”

Pairs well with cornish game hens, duck or turkey prepared in rich, hearty or heavy sauces or hard cheeses like Parmigiano or Romano and firm cheeses like Cheddar.

Rating:

This wine was previously given a 91 point rating by Wine Spectator.

 

2008 Conn Creek Anthology

This great red blend is made up of  66% Cabernet Sauvignon from, 12% Malbec, 11% Merlot, 7% Petite Verdot, and 4% Cabernet Franc. Grapes were sourced from nearly all of Napa Valley’s appellations.

From the winemaker – “Berries, violets, allspice and freshly baked pastry unite in an offering reminiscent of berry pie. The aromatic potpourri prominently features bright cherry flavors and sandalwood-tinged cocoa spice. Handsomely sculptured tannins showcase the mouth-watering fruit compote in the long, lingering finish.”

This wine goes well with pork chops cooked in a variety of ways, even spicy, or BBQ spare ribs. Firm and savory cheeses like Cheddar.

Rating:

This wine was previously given a 88 point rating by Wine Spectator.

Availability:

2008 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $36.99 a bottle, on sale for $29.99 a bottle 01/01/2014 to 12/31/2014. SKU#29063

2009 Avalon Merlot

Packed with deep, dark berry fruit and nuanced hints of cocoa, herb and earth with a soft structure, this Merlot is made from 88% Merlot, 6% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% Petite Verdot.

From the winemaker – “Our 2009 Merlot shows its depth with a rich garnet color. Aromas of juicy boysenberries and cherry pie fill the glass. Crème brulee and brown sugar notes from oak aging compliment the ripe berry aromas. Mountain fruit characteristics show in the intensity of the fruit flavors. The entry enjoys sweet notes of raspberry and cherry with a finish of jammy boysenberry preserves. The oak notes of chocolate and wood smoke pair with and compliment the rich fruit layers. Refined tannins support this balanced wine that doesn’t show the typical alcohol component found in many Merlots. As the wine develops in the glass, one may enjoy ongoing berry notes, a touch of allspice evolving in the middle, while the wine continues to lengthen on the finish. Smooth, silky and profound berry flavors confirm this wine’s birthplace as Napa Valley.”

This vintage pairs nicely with rack or leg of lamb, lamb chops, roast pork, pork chops or tenderloin, veal with heartier vegetable and/or bean sauces or mushroom and/or wine sauces. Cheeses like Parmigiano, Romano and other hard cheeses as well as cheddar and other savory, firm cheeses.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

Availability:

2009 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $12.99 a bottle, $70.15 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $124.71 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#24279

2012 Edna Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Edna-Valley-Cabernet-SauvignonIt is smooth as velvet but with a bold central character, seamlessly blending dark berry flavors with smidges of coffee and chocolate. The grape is prominent, but so are the ripe tannins that yield complexity and a classic long finish.

From the Wine Maker – “Our Edna Valley Vineyard 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is medium-bodied in a classic style with ripe dark fruit flavors complemented by hints of dusty vanilla, leather, anise and cocoa powder. This wine has a balanced acidity and finishes with fine, firm tannins. We blended about seven percent Merlot this year to soften the palate and enhance the texture of the mouthfeel.”

Great with beef, duck or veal dishes or a bleu cheese. Other flavors that go well with this bottle are dark chocolate, mustard, paprika, rosemary, thyme, cloves, ginger and nutmeg.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

Availability:

2012 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $15.99 a bottle, $86.35 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $153.51 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#14440

2009 MontGras Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon – Syrah

Slightly high-toned, with cherry and violet notes laced with hints of anise, vanilla and dill. Blended from 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Syrah.

From the Wine Maker – “Deep cherry red. Ripe aromas of plum and cherry with a hint of vanilla. Berry, spice and cocoa flavors fill the palate, leading to a soft and supple finish.”

Perfect match with chicken, seafood, turkey, light pasta entrées and hard cheeses.

Rating:

This wine was given an 85 point rating by Wine Enthusiast and 84 point rating by Wine Spectator.

Availability:

2009 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $10.99 a bottle, $59.35 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $105.51 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#25768

2008 Thorn-Clarke Terra Barossa Shiraz

This wine is firm, wrapping its chewy tannins around a core of tobacco-accented cherry and spice flavors. Medium-body fruit jello candy, hollow mid-palate, shortish cocoa-chocolate fruity plum finish.

From the winemaker – “Deep red color. The wine is deep and rich smelling with dark fruits, plums and spice with some good oak. There is very rich fruit on the palate with plums, blackberry and sweet spice from the oak. The palate is vibrant and young with a flavorsome viscous mouthfeel which will develop complexity with time. There are some slightly chewy tannins which will soften with time and there is great length of fruit flavor.”

Amazing with a full range of fish, Calamari in tomato sauce, crab cakes, grilled fish like Halibut, Monkfish, Mahi mahi, Red Snapper, Salmon, Shark, Swordfish or Tilapia.

Rating:

This wine was given a 88 point rating by Wine Spectator.

Availability:

2008 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $14.99 a bottle, $80.95 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $143.91 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#21111


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