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Blind Tasting Review: 2008 Rodney Strong Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

by paulkamon on October 27, 2011

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I have been playing a wine game with restaurant sommeliers and wine nerds across town where I show up with a mystery bottle and ask them to review it blind. By not knowing what the wine is or who represents it, hopefully, an honest-no-bs-review is achieved.

Come inside and read the review of our next contestant…

^ Mr. Pino Posteraro, chef and owner of Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill and Enoteca.

2008 Rodney Strong Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
ABV: 14.5%
Category: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region/Country: Sonoma County, California USA
Winemaker: www.rodneystrong.com
Agent: Mark Anthony
Varietal Character/Distinctiveness: ~ 3.5
Expression: 3.5 ~ “A bit alcoholic at first.”
Complexity: 3.5 ~ “Quite complex and round.”
Balance: 4 ~ “Well-balanced.”
Value: 4 ~ “Great value.”
Score
: 18.5/25

Availability: Available at select private liquor stores.
Pricing: $30-35

Editor’s Note: Pino has a remarkable palate; after a few careful swirls and sips, he was able to discern the varietal, region, year, and alcohol % without seeing the bottle. Well done!

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