|Rockaway is a lovely wine from Rodney Strong. This bottle marks the end of our month long series reviewing some of the higher end Costco wines, and it’s a nice note to go out on. I usually prefer my $70-$100 Cabs to come from Napa when I have a choice, but this bottle turned a corner for me. It’s delicious, marked by an awesome finish and reaffirms the strength and boldness of Alexander Valley Cabs.
The wine starts pleasant on the nose, lots of pepper and spice; delicate in the mouth with a flavor punch that starts soft and then hits pretty big (like bass fishing, first thing that came to mind because I’ve been fishing a lot lately); definitely a good spice, nutmeg component on the palate with dark fruit, some plum. But what’s special about this wine is the finish. I love it. Big, deep, lasting, just won’t go away. Really a lot of fun.
This one opened my eyes to what Sonoma offers above $50. This bottle was $64.99 at my Costco and worth every penny. Enjoy with your favorite red meat or hearty dish.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 93 Points