Rodney Strong Alexander's Crown Cabernet
The one thing that I could easily do right was to serve a great wine. We chose to drink one of the wines that we'd picked up during our Sonoma Vacation in the summer of 2006. It was a Rodney Strong Alexander's Crown Single Vineyard Cabernet - 2002. First off let me note that the Rodney Strong winery had one of the best tasting rooms that we visited -- elegant, attractive, and staffed with friendly, knowledgeable people. The wines were excellent. We discovered that the Rodney Strong wines that are commonly available in New York are actually the least impressive of the bunch. The better ones are not commonly available on the East Coast. The Alexander's Crown Cabernet is a $30 bottle of wine -- but one that's worth it. It's a dry, assertive but not overpowering wine. I call it a very "grownup" cabernet. It was not at all fruity, but was smooth and rich with an earthy tone. This was a special wine -- worthy of Valentine's Day. Not your everyday wine. Highly recommended!!
If you travel to Sonoma at some point, try to get the time to visit the Rodney Strong Vineyard. The gallery around the tasting room offers large windows that give panoramic views of the winemaking below. And don't forget to bring home some of those tasting room only wines. You'll regret it if you don't.