2008 Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir David Honig June 6, 2010 Tasting Notes 1 Comment After a few hours to blow off some funk, this showed as earthy, with raspberry, some dried strawberries, allspice and cloves. Use of new oak is a little heavy, loading jarring vanilla onto the finish. A couple of years in the cellar might bring it together, but the risk is a dumb period followed by loss of fruit. A second night showed some settling of the wood, hinting at promise of cellar improvement. WHO: Rodney Strong Vineyards WHAT: Pinot Noir WHERE: Russian River Valley, California WHEN: 2008 HOW MUCH: $19 (Media Sample) http://www.sonomawinecountrytours.com Kendall We love Rodney Strong!