Rodney Strong Vineyards, Alexander Valley (Sonoma County, California) Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

($21):  Rodney Strong’s Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon takes several giant steps up in interest and complexity from the Sonoma County bottling, but thankfully, not at the cost of a big jump in price.  Since the winemaking is similar, this bottling shows the importance of the origin of the grapes.  The Alexander Valley Cabernet delivers a layered complexity that is apparent with successive sips.  Though both fruity and savory, nothing sticks out.  It’s a muscular wine without being overdone.  Its stature is magnified by lively acidity and a long finish.  Indeed, it’s quite a refined wine.  Nicely textured, it’s a fine choice for current drinking.  And a terrific bargain, to boot.
94 Michael Apstein Dec 7, 2021