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Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2016 Rodney Strong Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

By Norm Bentley - | Oct 23, 2020

Norm Bentley. PHOTO PROVIDED

The North Georgia Wine Advisor

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2016 Rodney Strong Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

#44-2020

Some years back, the Chardonnay Queen and I were visiting wineries in both Sonoma and Napa California. We spent the night in Healdsberg after a day of wine tasting in Sonoma County. The next day we had appointments in St Helena and Rutherford over in Napa County, but we had four hours to get there, so we took the road less travelled. ( California #128 ) Before we crossed into Napa County around Calistoga, we drove through the Knights Valley. I remembered a Cab I really enjoyed back in the 80’s which was grown there, so we paused and snapped a few pics, in what might be the prettiest valley in the state. And, now I have just sampled a Cab from Knights Valley produced by the folks at Rodney Strong, and all of those beautiful memories came flooding back!

The 2016 Knights Valley Cab from R. Strong is just as wonderful as my memories! It is a blend, with a little Malbec and Cab Franc, but it is 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 100% delightful. The nose drags you out into a dark berry patch where the scent of ripe fruit is most tantalizing. The flavors are rich and robust, with cassis, blackberry, plum and a little black cherry. The finish is clean, with a touch of oak, which begs for another sip! The alcohol content is 14.5%, and Norm’s score is 92.

A bottle of Knights Valley Cab, and a thick slab of New York Strip, were all it took for a wonderful, warm fall evening on the Veranda.

Score: 92

Price: $21 – $27