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Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir 2013

Today In Wine: Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir 2013 ($20)

This food-friendly Pinot Noir has a light body, dryness and crisp acidity that make it easy to pair with steaks, chops, salmon, mushroom risotto and similar fare. There’s nothing shy, however, about the flavors, which brim with ripe raspberries, cherries and pomegranates, accented with toasty, spicy oak. – Wine Enthusiast


Wine Ratings & Awards

Grape Certified Gold Medal – 2016 –

Pinot Report – 91 Points (2011)

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate – 90 Points (2014)

Wine Enthusiast – 90 Points (2012, 2014)

San Francisco International Wine Competition – Double Gold Medal (2014)


Wine Review

Over 50 years ago, celebrated American dancer, Rodney Strong settled in Sonoma County wine region and decided to pursue his second lifelong passion: winemaking. Rodney was the first to recognize the potential of the Chalk Hill growing area as an exceptional place for cultivating Chardonnay grapes. And in 1965 he planted his first Chardonnay vines and from there, the journey continued to progress. From its inception, Rodney Strong’s staff of dedicated viticulturalists, wine consultants and winemakers 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 this approach and level of standards, hence why we all appreciate their wines so much!

The 2013 Pinot Noir Estate reveals pleasant pomegranate, plum and black cherry fruit... Medium-bodied, impressively pure and soft, it should be consumed over the next 3-4 years. - Robert Parker of Wine Advocate


The 2013 Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir is a medium-bodied wine, offering soft and silky textured flavors of rose petal, pomegranate, toasty vanilla and spice. So go ahead, enjoy the 2013 Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir now or save for another year! This delicious red wine may need some time to open up, so while you wait, gloss over the dishes we recommend pairing this bottle of wine with. In the mood for something meaty: THEGRAPE’s Cuban Lamb Shanks recipemustard and honey pork tenderloin; a roasted duck breast with asparagus; and for our vegetarian and vegan friends, we recommend a mushroom ravioli.


Wine Region: Russian River Valley (Sonoma County), California

Wine Grapes: Pinot Noir

Style: Medium-bodied Complex & Silky

Drinks Like: Etude Estate Pinot Noir 2012 ($35), Cherry Pie ‘Stanly Ranch’ Pinot Noir 2012 ($55)


Food & Wine Pairings: THEGRAPE’s Cuban Lamb Shanks recipe – Click To View Recipes

Cuban Lamb Shanks and Cubanisimo Pinot Noir - Red Wine - THEGRAPE


Also try these delicious recipesMustard & Honey Pork TenderloinRoasted Duck Breast with Asparagus and Mushroom Ravioli.

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Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir 2013
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The 2013 Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir is an excellent Pinot [Noir], and that is putting it mildly. Wine Enthusiast was spot on when they called it a, “food-friendly Pinot Noir”; it offers nice tannins, great acidity with red fruity flavors, followed by spice and oaky qualities that are equally satisfying. You may want to buy more than one bottle of this Grape Certified Gold wine, especially if you have friends over for dinner. One bottle wasn’t enough for my guests.

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