Wilfred Wong: 94 Points “As the years good and we are quite past the "Judgement of Paris in 1976" where California Cabernets join the discussion with classified Bordeaux, the delta between the New and Old Worlds are becoming closer and closer. The 2015 Rodney Strong Rockaway recalls some of the best wines from the Pauillac region of the Médoc. This wine is powerful, yet well structured. Its aromas and flavors of black fruit, savory spices, and wood should pair it well with a juicy grilled ribeye.”
Established in 1994, Rockaway is planted mostly to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but includes all five of the classic Bordeaux varieties. Rising up to an elevation of 750 feet, the land generally slopes northeast and southwest, with soils comprised of gravelly clay subsoil over fractured sandstone. This well-drained, low pH earth tends to encourage the production of small-berried clusters, ideal for making a bold, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon with juicy red and black fruit character, and an elegantly round and seductive mid-palate.
Winemaker's notes: "The 2015 Rockaway has wonderful concentrated flavors of dark plum and red currant with notes of tobacco and leather. The earthy minerality of the wine is balanced out by notes of baking spices with a rich, complex structure and a long lingering finish. Enjoy this wine now or cellar it for enjoyment in 8 to 10 years."
- Cabernet Sauvignon
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