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Appellations & Vineyards

An Early Pioneer In Sonoma

Rod Strong was an acknowledged visionary who understood the potential that Sonoma County’s soil and climate held for producing world-class wines. His desire was to craft wines from a specific place. He was the first to craft a single-vineyard Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the first to plant Pinot Noir in Russian River Valley and the first to produce a Chalk Hill appellation Chardonnay.

Today, the Klein Family, Director of Winemaking Justin Seidenfeld, and Winemaker Greg Morthole continue their drive for innovation and devotion to Sonoma County, with 11 exceptional Estate vineyards representing an ideal range of varietal selection and regional terroir.

Alexander Valley AVA
Exceptional Bordeaux Varietals
Alexander Valley

Established 1984

A pioneer in the Alexander Valley, Rod Strong was the first to craft a single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon in the Alexander Valley in 1974, it would be a full decade before this appellation was recognized as an AVA.

Alexander Valley is best known for the classic Bordeaux varieties which thrive in the unique soils and warm climate, with parts of the valley moderated by cooling ocean breezes and evening fog. A testament to the amazing quality of the region, each of our single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon releases comes from small Alexander Valley vineyard sites.

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Distinctive Chardonnay Character
Chalk Hill

Established 1983

The first to see the potential of the Chalk Hill area as an exceptional place for Chardonnay, Rod planted his first Chardonnay vines in 1965 and in 1977, he introduced the world to the first “Chalk Hill” labeled Chardonnay. In 1983, Chalk Hill was designated an official AVA, in an effort spearheaded by Rod Strong himself.

The ocean fog and chalky-white volcanic soils combine to produce distinctive Chardonnays that offer crisp citrus and mineral tones supported by lush floral notes and a rich baked apple character.

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Cool-Climate Pinot Noir & Chardonnay
Russian River Valley

Established 1983

In 1968, Rod Strong was one of the first to plan Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley, again recognizing the potential of this appellation. The Russian River Valley was formally recognized as an AVA in 1983.

Well-known as one of the finest cool-climate growing regions in California, the Russian River Valley has made its mark not only as a premier Chardonnay region, but as one of the few wine regions in the world capable of producing world-class Pinot Noir. The Russian River Valley is also home to our Tasting Room in Healdsburg, California.

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Northern Sonoma County

The Northern Sonoma appellation covers most of Sonoma County with the notable exceptions of the Los Carneros and Sonoma Valley AVAs, which are located in the southern portion of the county. The second largest AVA within Sonoma County, almost every grape variety that can be grown in Sonoma County thrives in Northern Sonoma.

Our latest crowning achievement in this AVA is the planting of perhaps the last of the greatest vineyards in Sonoma County, Cooley Ranch Vineyard. This high elevation vineyard sits well above the fog line and Lake Sonoma on a pristine property ranging up to 2,040 feet in elevation.

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Alexander Valley
Alexander’s Crown

Rising nearly 360 feet above the Alexander Valley floor just west of Jimtown, “The Crown” is undeniably one of Sonoma County’s best-known Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards. First released in 1974, Alexander’s Crown Cabernet Sauvignon became Sonoma County’s first single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Roughly 66 acres are planted, primarily to Cabernet Sauvignon (with just three acres of Merlot). Soils here are predominantly well-drained gravelly loam derived from river sediments and volcanic activity. In Block 1, found at the very pinnacle of the hill, the soils are deeply red and produce the most intensely flavored grapes. One of the first parts of the valley to feel ocean breezes in the afternoon, The Crown expresses Cabernet Sauvignon in a quite Bordeaux-like style, with ripe flavors centered on red fruit, generous round tannins and beautifully balanced acidity.

Established:
1971
Size:
66 Acres
Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Elevation:
360
Soils:
66 Acres
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Alexander Valley
Brothers

The Brothers Ridge vineyard is found in the hills just east of the small town of Cloverdale. Its 141 acres are mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, with small blocks of Merlot and Malbec making up the difference. Soils are well-drained loam supported by sandstone, fractured shale and ancient greenstone. With elevations surpassing 1,000 feet, vineyards are planted on west-facing slopes, perfectly situating the vines to capture the full warmth and light of the afternoon sun. Cabernet Sauvignon develops well into the chocolate and black fruit profile, with immense body, firm structure and exceptional richness.

Established:
1997
Size:
135 Acres
Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec
Soils:
135 Acres
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Alexander Valley
Bud’s Ranch

Located in the southern end of the Alexander Valley, the deep sandy loam soils of Bud’s Ranch are ideal for Chardonnay, producing soft, rich and ripe flavors that border on tropical. Bud’s Ranch is named in honor of Bud Klein, proprietor Tom Klein’s father.

Established:
1973
Size:
50 Acres
Varietals:
Chardonnay
Soils:
50 Acres
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Alexander Valley
Charlotte’s Home

Tucked between Alexander’s Crown and the Russian River, Charlotte’s Home was named for Rod Strong’s wife. The deep soils and gravel favor Sauvignon Blanc. Charlotte’s Home vineyard must be harvested in several passes: the gravel areas ripen first, giving ripe pear and melon character. Later-ripening vines on deeper soils provide crisp citrus flavors.

Established:
1971
Size:
71 Acres
Varietals:
Sauvignon Blanc
Soils:
71 Acres
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Alexander Valley
Hubbard

Cut in half by Gill Creek, the Hubbard Ranch vineyard has gravelly Cortina soils and is planted to 30 acres of classic head-trained Zinfandel vines. Recent plantings included Petite Sirah and Touriga Nacional. Touriga is one of the finest grapes in Portugal and used in the “True Gentleman’s Port”.

Established:
1971
Size:
40 Acres
Varietals:
Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Touriga Nacional
Elevation:
360 feet
Soils:
40 Acres
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Alexander Valley
Pine Flat

Bordering Sausal Creek, this very gravelly vineyard is on the locally famous Cortina soil series, esteemed for production of Bordeaux varieties. We grow Merlot here, which often finds its way into our Meritage, Symmetry.

Established:
1996
Size:
26 Acres
Varietals:
Merlot
Soils:
26 Acres
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Alexander Valley
Rockaway

Acquired in 2003, Rockaway Vineyard is planted almost exclusively to Bordeaux varietals, with just a bit of Syrah. On the eastern slope of Alexander Valley just above Geyserville, the property rises to an elevation of 750 feet, with the contour sloping northeast and southwest. Soils here are fairly acidic, comprised of gravelly clay subsoil over fractured sandstone. This well-drained, low pH earth encourages the development of small clusters, giving us a high juice to skin ratio that is ideal for making bold, concentrated reds. An excellent site for our single vineyard designated program, the first vintage of Rockaway Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was the 2005 vintage (released in 2008).

Established:
1994
Size:
125 Acres
Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah
Elevation:
750 feet
Soils:
125 Acres
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Chalk Hill
Chalk Hill Arata

Rodney Strong Vineyards was the first to release a Chardonnay with “Chalk Hill” on the label. Chalk Hill was named for its reflective white soils. The result of ash deposits from an ancient volcanic eruption, soils are shallow, fast draining and slightly acidic. Vines are naturally low-yielding, producing intensely flavored wines with a distinct “petrichor” character – a word that refers to the scent of rain on dry earth.

Established:
1998
Size:
48 Acres
Varietals:
Chardonnay
Soils:
48 Acres
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Chalk Hill
Chalk Hill Pleasant

Located in the southern end of Chalk Hill, Chalk Hill Pleasant was purchased in 2014 for its ideal location set on a hillside. The soils here are fairly well-drained, rocky loam with a moderately acidic subsoil. The site also has a fairly gentle slope from east to west that makes it slightly warmer than the surrounding area, and helps with cold air drainage.

Established:
1977
Size:
40 Acres
Varietals:
Chardonnay
Soils:
40 Acres
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Russian River Valley
River East Vineyard

When Rod Strong acquired this Russian River Valley property in 1968, it was a prune-plum orchard. He replaced the trees with a winery and a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyard. Warm air rising in the interior valleys of north Sonoma County pulls cool ocean air and fog deep into the Russian River Valley, helping to naturally balance acidity. Jane’s Vineyard was named in honor of proprietor Tom Klein’s mother.

Established:
1968
Size:
19 Acres
Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Soils:
19 Acres
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Northern Sonoma County
Cooley Ranch

Cooley Ranch is located in rugged northwestern Sonoma County. Ranging in elevation from 800–2000 feet, the vineyard is mostly planted on volcanic soils that are rare in this part of the world, but ideal for growing Bordeaux varietals. Bald eagles and prize bucks are a common sight at this remote property.

Established:
2010
Size:
193 Acres
Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Viogner, Zinfandel
Soils:
193 Acres

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