Two new spring-and-summer releases from California’s Rodney Strong Vineyards.
2017 Rodney Strong Vineyards Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc – Billed as a “Northern Sonoma” wine, I get a bit of a funk on the nose of this wine, a surprisingly meaty note leading to a body that sees bright apple studded heavily with pork fat. The notes of mushroom and bile were ultimately impossible for me to get past, leaving an acrid taste in my mouth. For what its worth, my wife had no problem with the wine at all. D+ / $11
2017 Rodney Strong Vineyards Rose of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – A classic “pink” experience, lightly floral with ample berries and a red apple core. A decent acidity gives it legs, carrying it through to a light but pleasantly fragrant finish. B+ / $15