Pleasing Pinot – Rodney Strong Russian River Valley 2017 Pinot Noir



That’s the characteristic quality of a wine that

makes it typical of a particular region or grape variety. 

It’s a challenge to find value wines that

reflect typicity. 

When we do, we spread the word.

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Every Thursday, we highlight a good-value, easy-to-find wine. 

We call it Wine Thursday! 

This week, we’re checking out a

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir that tastes, well,

like a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.


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California’s Russian River Valley is one of the top-ranked

wine regions in the country.  With cool temperatures and

an abundance of fog, the RRV is an ideal climate for

producing outstanding Pinot Noir. 


Rodney Strong’s 2017 Pinot Noir

shows many of the characteristics of

Pinot Noir typical of the RRV. 

There are dark cherry and blackberry

flavors and aromas with hints of toast and vanilla. 

The tannins and body are light to medium. 

While it lacks the depth and nuance of

the RRV’s high-end, world-renowned Pinots,

the Rodney Strong is quite accessible…

easy to drink and certainly,

in comparison to the RRV’s high-end Pinot Noirs,

much easier to buy.     


We found Rodney Strong’s 2017 Pinot Noir

at Costco for $15.99.  Total Wine carries it for $16.97. 

Safeway and QFC both sell it for $17.99. 

You can order it online from Saratoga Wine Exchange for $14.08

The price at Empire Wine is $15.95

B-21 sells it for $16.98  

and it’s at for $20.99