Barrel fermentation in new and seasoned French oak added toasty vanilla and spice complexities, and during 9 months of barrel ageing, we regularly stirred the "lees" in barrel, which adds a creamy texture and increases richness on the palate. Encouraging secondary fermentation adds additional complexity, and in the glass the wine is both creamy and crisp, with ripe apple, Meyer lemon, wet stone, and spiced vanilla flavors
Rodney Strong was one of the pioneers of Sonoma County’s modern wine industry, an acknowledged visionary who understood the potential that Sonoma County’s soil and climate held for producing world-class wines. A successful dancer before retiring and turning to his second love, winemaking, Rodney Strong established Sonoma County’s 13th bonded winery in 1959.
In 1904, Sonoma County settlers planted what is now our Heritage River West Zinfandel estate vineyard, just behind the property that is now home to our winery.
The next year, as those young vines at River West Vineyard were trained up stakes, Proprietor Tom Klein's great-grandparents relocated from New York City with their three sons to San Francisco. Sadly, the historic earthquake and subsequent fires of 1906 would change the family forever, destroying all their possessions and taking the life of great-grandmother Mary Klein. The devastation left great-grandfather David Klein with the difficult decision of having to place his three sons in an orphanage.