Rodney Strong Vineyards is the generous benefactor for our second huge format special offering, a 6.0L bottle of 2005 Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Rockaway. Retail value is $600.00. This is a single bottle auction lot.

6.0L 2005 Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Rockaway


Vibrant and concentrated, with aromas of loamy earth, dried currant, graphite, mineral and fresh earth, ending with a return to red cherry and plum themes and a clean, focused finish. A step up in quality for this producer. Best from 2009 through 2016. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 1,800 cases made. –JL –Rated 90, Wine Spectator

The dense purple-colored 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits aromas of damp earth, blue and blackberries, and hints of graphite and underbrush. The wine is nuanced and harmonious with admirably integrated acidity, sweet tannin, and wood. It should drink nicely for 10-15 years. These new, high-end products from the Rodney Strong Winery are made with the assistance of consultant David Ramey. This trio represents a huge leap forward qualitatively, but prices are higher also. There are 2,000-3,000 cases of these cuvees, which are all over 90% Cabernet Sauvignon with the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot. –Rated 91, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Dark, rich, tannic and elaborately detailed, this Cab, an inaugural release from the winery, shows dramatic weight and intensity of black currant fruit. It’s also rich in smoky new oak. If size alone were everything, it would be a perfect wine. As it is, it overwhelms the palate with power, and it’s hard to imagine what to pair with it at the table. Seems designed for the cellar, but it’s a guess. Tasted twice. — S.H. (12/31/2008) –Rated 90, Wine Enthusiast

Opening bid is $300.00. Minimum bid increment is $10.00.

[How it works- Each auction lot will get its own post. As soon as it gets its own post, the auction is live. Once a bit of time has passed, and people really know about Wine for Haiti, lots will go live AND HOT. Once hot, each lot is on a 24-hour cycle, ending at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time. If a lot goes a full 24 hours, from 10:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., without a new bid, the last bid in the comments wins. If we get into a bidding war, with the same people going back and forth, one day at a time, we will post something in the comments of that Auction Lot and schedule a time to bid to the death, at a time mutually agreeable to everybody involved.]

For more auction Wine for Haiti auction items, please see the Wine for Haiti Auction Catalogue.

  • I bid $300

  • i bid $350

  • Make that $400!

  • well, then, i’ll go $425

  • $450 it is!

  • joe, are we going to make this a hot lot all on our own? $475

  • winedude

    just waiting for this lot to go hot. “Life is a cabernet”.

  • waiting, waiting, waiting…

  • There is one easy way to make any lot go “hot.” Bid retail. Otherwise, we’re trying to make sure we’ve maxed publicity so the larger circle of wine lovers, rather than just the regular circle of wine bloggers get a chance to bid.

  • winedude

    Before I make a mistake, will I be able to get this shipped to New jersey. If so,I will get this lot hot. Thanks

  • I asked Rodney Strong about shipping limitations. I will update as soon as I can.

  • winedude

    Thanks, David. I appreciate your help. On a Turley ’07 Mead Ranch right now.

  • well, let’s just get this thing hot right now – i’ll up the bid to $600

  • David, is this a done deal? If so, I’ll get my payment off to Red Cross. Thanks! rj

  • RJ, I promised WineDude that I would check with Rockaway re: shipping to NJ first. They already sent me a “we’ll check this out and get to you today” email. I can’t, in good conscience, close it with Joe’s question pending and my promise made. Fair? Back to you ASAP.


  • winedude

    David- don’t delay on my account. I appreciate the nod, but the Red Cross needs the $$ quickly more than I need the wine.

    Thanks Again

  • Sorry gang. Busy painting all weekend. We can ship it to our distributor in NJ and it can be picked up from there. Keep bidding!!!

  • …uh, assuming (big mistake), you all know that I am from Rodney Strong.

  • winedude

    RJ- go ahead and cut the check. I shudda done it before I did my taxes today. Sorry for the hassle.

  • We have a winner! I’m closing it down.

  • Very nice! Congrats and way to support the cause.

  • Hi all – just for the record, WineDude above is NOT me. Dunno who it is.

    Also – CURSE YOU RJ!!! 🙂

  • hey joe – well, if it’s any consolation, i will need a boatload of people to take that bottle down…


  • The Haitian people has my condoloences. The recent earthquake was a tragedy.