Wine On Line Special Recommendation
2 0 0 7 ALEXANDER Valley CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Sonoma County, California
Rod Strong recognized the Alexander Valley as an ideal place to grow cabernet
sauvignon as far back as 1971, when he planted our first cabernet vineyard on a
hill known as Alexander’s Crown. Today we proudly farm over 200 acres of estate
cabernet on the benches and hillsides above the valley floor, where cabernet
displays the finest expression of the Alexander Valley terroir.
I N THE V I N E Y A R D S
The 2007 vintage started off with a very dry spring, which tended to make for
smaller clusters, smaller berries, and less canopy overall. The growing season was
about as perfect as any winegrower would want, with warm afternoons and cool
evenings, and a complete lack of hot or cold spells. With no weather problems at
harvest time, few are surprised with the exceptional quality of this vintage, which
will likely go down as one of the best in recent years. Our estate cabernet harvest
commenced on September 15th, and concluded on October 24th.
The Alexander Valley signature style is
evident in this delicious cabernet: bold
fruit aromas and flavors centered on red
plum and boysenberry, and a rich and
mouthfilling texture with soft tannins,
all of which we’ve framed in the finest
oak barrels for 18.5 months. Enjoy over
the next 3 – 6 years.
Wine maker Rick Sayre
Residual Sugar 0.08%
Appellation Alexander Valley
Blend 93% cabernet sauvignon, 4% merlot,
2% malbec, 1% syrah
Cellar & Fermentation 18.5 months in French and American oak barrels
SRP: $22. Full of fruit to enjoy with lamb, game, assertive cheese,
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SRP: $20. Lovely with seafood, lamb, goat cheese
SRP: $13.50. Great Sip! Terrific for chicken dishes and shellfish.
RODNEY STRONG VINEYARDS PUBLISHES COOKBOOK WITH TWO SONOMA COUNTY CHEFS
Down Home : Downtown
Seasonal Recipes from Two Sonoma Wine Country Restaurants
Celebrates Differences of Zin Restaurant in Healdsburg and Syrah Bistro in Santa Rosa
Healdsburg, CA – There are two sides of Sonoma County cuisine; the down home version and
the downtown one. Down Home : Downtown brings together two of Sonoma County’s mostliked
chefs, Jeff Mall of Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar in Healdsburg, CA, and Josh Silvers of Syrah
Bistro in Santa Rosa, CA. It is Rodney Strong Vineyards’ first foray into publishing and the chefs’
first cookbook. The focus is demonstrably on Sonoma County, from the two chefs, who have
both been in their restaurants for ten years, to Rodney Strong Vineyards and even the book’s
photographer, life-time resident, Alan Campbell.
After preparing a dinner for Rodney Strong Vineyards, at which Jeff Mall and Josh Silvers,
applied their contrasting styles to the same Sonoma ingredients, Down Home : Downtown was
born. In it, Jeff’s recipe for Duck Breast “Pepper Steak” with Brandy and Green Peppercorns,
Crispy Stone‐Ground Grits, and Braised Greens with Apples and Bacon is presented alongside
Josh’s Pan‐Roasted Liberty Duck with Blackberry Gastrique, Slow‐Cooked Greens, and
Mascarpone‐Enriched Polenta: the same duck, served different ways. The theme continues
throughout the book with each chef’s style juxtaposing that of the other.
Each season includes recipes for two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts from both chefs.
They also list what’s in their pantries and key purveyors are featured throughout with a
complete list resources in the back. Wine tips include pairing wine with food as well as
information on storage and serving while the images in the book bring Sonoma County’s
beautiful landscape to life and make the chef’s dishes appear as delicious as they really are.
The book sells for $24.95 and is available at Rodney Strong’s tasting room or website
(www.rodneystrong.com), Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar or website (www.zinrestaurant.com),
Syrah Bistro or website (www.syrahbistro.com), Copperfield’s Bookstores, Oliver’s Markets, and
JEFF MALL is the chef and co‐proprietor of Zin restaurant & Wine Bar in Healdsburg, California. After graduating from the University of San Francisco’s Business School for Hospitality Management, and the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Jeff worked at top‐name restaurants such as Stars Oakville Café in Napa Valley and Lark Creek Café in Walnut Creek, before opening Zin in Healdsburg in 1999. There, his traditional American home cooking is enhanced by Southern and Southwestern accents, and relies on local ingredients, many of which come from the farm Jeff and his wife, Susan, own in the Russian River Valley.
JOSH SILVERS is chef and co‐owner, with his wife, Regina, of Syrah Bistro in Santa Rosa, California. Josh learned to cook from his chef/kitchen designer father, Don Silvers, and at various Bay Area restaurants, where he refined his classic French culinary techniques. Cooking with Cindy Pawlcyn at her famous Mustards Grill in Napa Valley gave Josh insight into wine country cuisine and food‐and‐wine pairing. In 1999, he and Regina opened Syrah, a favorite of locals and visitors alike.
ALAN CAMPBELL specializes in wine and food photography and has had his images published in
Food & Wine, Sunset, Wine Spectator, and Wine Enthusiast magazines, among others. He spends much of his time outdoors, camera in hand, fishing and diving on the Sonoma Coast. A home winemaker since 1991, Alan and his wife, Heather Archibald‐Campbell, own a Pinot Noir vineyard in the Russian River Valley, keeping some grapes for themselves and selling the rest to area wineries. More of his photography can be seen on his website at http://www.acpfoto.com.
RODNEY STRONG VINEYARDS was founded on the recognition of Sonoma County’s potential for excellence. It is purely place and character that matter the most. Grapes from each vineyard express their intrinsic personality based on the place where they grow. And that natural place, the land, is inherently important, so we actively protect it as we strive to craft world‐class wines. This, and careful use of barrel and stainless steel fermentation and proper oak aging ultimately define the character of Rodney Strong wines.