California
October 31, 2010

Rodney Strong Pinot Noir 2008

Rodney Strong Pinot Noir 2008

On my latest trip to replenish the wine fridge I purchased both a pinot noir and a chardonnay from Rodney Strong Vineyards.  For dinner we were serving a roast pork tenderloin and a red onion quinoa salad.  Instead of selecting a white to pair with the pork I decided to reach for the pinot.  It turned out to be the perfect pairing.  Rodney Strong Pinot Noir 2008 from the Russian River Valley in California  is a pretty ruby red color that gets progressively lighter towards the outer edges until it’s almost clear.  It is produced from pinot noir grapes but there is 2% syrah mixed in.  It is aged in 100% french oak barrels giving a more flavorful taste profile to this wine.  It has a sweet, strawberry and vanilla aroma and intense cherry and rodneystrongpinotnoirstrawberry flavors with a hint of cinnamon.  This red wine is very well balanced and medium bodied.  There are subtle tannins present and a good acidity.  Rodney Strong Pinot Noir is almost 14.5% alcohol and is an excellent value at under $20 per bottle.  I will definitely be purchasing this wine on a regular basis!

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