Rod Strong, a recognized professional dancer chose to relocate to Sonoma County over 55 years ago and pursue his interests in winemaking, founding Rodney Strong Vineyards in 1959. In 1989 the Klein Family purchased the property and Tom Klein was responsible for the modernization and artisan styled approach to winemaking. The winery sources fruit from 14 estate vineyards throughout Sonoma with an emphasis on the Russian River Valley.
Consulting winemaker David Ramey works together with winemaker Greg Morthole in crafting these reserve tier wines. Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) is the dominant player in this red Meritage blend. A dark ruby hue opens with faint aromas of red violets framed by bright Rainier Cherries, black plums and sandalwood. The mid-palate has good weight and balance with a dusting of cocoa on the edges and a delicate underpinning of vanilla. The tannins are youthful yet it remains approachable at this early stage of evolution.