Started in 1959 by Sonoma County pioneer Rod Strong and led by the Kleinfamily since 1989, Rodney Strong Vineyards is a family of passionate people committed to crafting premium wines, great experiences and delivering a vision for sustainability in Sonoma County. United by their passion for wine and the belief that nothing brings people together better than sharing a great bottle of Rodney Strong wine.
Rodney Strong have been growing Merlot since the early 1970s, when they first planted it in Geyserville, the heart of Alexander Valley. Today they continue to farm Merlot in three estate vineyards in Alexander Valley, where it grows into grapes that display the deep dark fruit flavors and mature tannins typical of a warmer American Viticultural Area.
'Our 2017 Sonoma County Merlot is lush with notes of blackberry, fig compote and cassis. Medium bodied with soft tannins, this wine boasts toasty oak and spice on the mid-palate punctuated by a full and lively finish. These luscious dark fruit and toasty flavors are enhanced by aging in French oak barrels. Enjoy this soft and elegant Merlot with grilled pork chops and cherry reduction, lavender crusted lamb shanks or creamy polenta with a short rib ragu.'