02 Mar Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2014 ($18)
This Week In White Wine: Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2014 ($18)
“The excellent 2014 Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay stays pure and fine to the AVA. Shows dried apple aromas, with a note of mineral; firm and well built on the palate; long, crisp aftertaste. ” – Wine.com
Wine Ratings & Awards:
THEGRAPE Certified Gold Medal – 2014
Robert Parker – 90 Points – 2013
Wilfred Wong – 90 Points – 2013
Wine & Spirits – 91 Points – 2012
Best White Blends of the Year – 2014
Best Wines Under $20 – 2014
Over 50 years ago, celebrated American dancer, Rodney Strong settled in the Sonoma County wine region and decided to pursue his second lifelong passion: winemaking. Rodney was the first to recognize the wine growing potential of the Chalk Hill area as an exceptional place for cultivating Chardonnay grapes. And in 1965 he planted his first Chardonnay vines and from there, the vines flourished.
From its inception, Rodney Strong’s staff of dedicated viticulturalists, wine consultants and winemakers have vowed to spare no expense and refuse to take shortcuts when it comes to producing the best wines. They select grapes from some of the best sites, and create wines from the best grapes taking a more traditional approach to winemaking that has served them well. And, we admire their approach and level of standards.
The commended and critically acclaimed, 2014 Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay offers elegant aromas and flavors that are full and creamy on the palate. This wine offers a crisp and creamy feature with deliciously sweet yellow apple, baked pie spices and a hint of minerality on the finish. Wine Advocate’s Robert Parker described the 2014 Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay as follows, “Aromas of tangerines, nectarines and green apples emerge from the 2014 Chardonnay Chalk Hill Estate Vineyard. Medium bodied with a hint of wet rock minerality, this pure beauty’s striking style appears to traverse both Chablis and a leaner white Burgundy.”
Store for another 5 years or enjoy now with great food! We recommend pairing this treat of a wine with: grilled lobster, baked chicken, or grilled veal chops served with potatoes; and the vegan lemon Fettuccine Alfredo pasta is another great option too!
Wine Region: Sonoma County, California
Wine Grapes: Chardonnay
Style: Medium-bodied, Elegant & Creamy
Drinks Like: Clos Pegase Chardonnay Mitsuki’s Vineyard 2013 ($30), Valdez Family Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2012 ($30)
Food & Wine Pairings: Grilled Lobster – Click To View Recipes
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Gold Is (Rodney) Strong!
Aroma & Flavor
Grape Certified Gold
If you’re looking for a bottle of wine that won’t break the bank and is rich with flavor, try the 2014 Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay. At first this white wine opens with crisp yellow apple, followed by citrus. Then your palate is greeted by flavors of warm baked apple pie, with notes of buttery cinnamon and vanilla that cream in your mouth; the finish is balanced and ends on a soft minerality note. Open a bottle of this Grape Certified Gold wine and pair it with your favorite comfort foods, or enjoy a glass on its own. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.