Rodney Strong 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon

Once again it was time to crack into the cellar. I’ve had this one since June 2007. A while back I had the misfortune of trying a number of well aged Cab Sauv’s at the Society for American Wines annual cab event and fell in love. I came to totally appreciate the subtle nuances a well aged cab can bring to the table. I am now spoiled into knowing when tasting a young cab sauv how much better it can be with patience … Ah it was easier when I was naive … I do again digress … 🙂

I cracked this one again on our holidays (yes we were in a wine region and I brought along wine, get over yourself people:) ). I was amply rewarded. The wine is aging very well. It is integrating nicely … this is a lovely and smooth cab sauv from California. Yummy. Deep on the color, lovely cab bouquet with a medium finish. The tannins and alcohol are becoming so well balanced. What a bargain if you have the patience and space. I would give this a 91 as well. Maybe even a little better. Ok here is a test for you folks. Grab three of these. Make some notes on what you tasted. What did you like what didn’t you. Now put the other two away out of site and set yourself a calendar entry in 1 year and 2 years from now. Crack them … See for yourself if it makes a difference. Nothing special, throw them in a cupboard out of sight … Remember not all wines age. Most are made in a “drink now style” so look at the write up and watch the careful wording when choosing wine to age.

Check LCBO Stock Note: Not the same year as this write up …

From the LCBO web site:
RODNEY STRONG CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2005 VINTAGES 226944 | 750 mL bottle

Price: $ 22.95
Wine, Red Wine, 13.86% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content : D

Made in: California/Californie, United States
By: Rodney Strong Vineyards

Release Date: Nov 8, 2008

Tasting Note
Garnet color. Baked berries, singed herb, and barnyard aromas. A round, silky entry leads to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body of berry, clay, and forest floor flavors. Finishes with a tangy cocoa powder and dried berry fade with dusty tannin. A very Bordeaux-like offering. Pair with stews and game. Highly Recommended. , Score – 88. (www.tastings.com, Feb. 25, 2008)

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