2018 Rodney Strong Upshot White Blend
Dec 2022 Selection
The 2018 Upshot White blends Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc to produce wine with flavors of melon, peach and wet stone minerality that are followed by a crisp full finish.
Rodney Strong Vineyards was founded in 1959, by wine industry pioneer, Rod Strong. Today it is owned by the Kleins, a farming-based family that prides itself on land stewardship and a relentless push for superior wine quality from Sonoma County. After purchasing the company in 1989, Tom Klein has brought together excellent vineyards, the industry’s finest winemaking equipment, and exceptional talent. The winery farms and sources grapes from vineyards throughout Sonoma County, with a special focus on Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley and Chalk Hill. Rodney Strong Vineyards is known for its estate-bottled and vineyard-designated wines, and is also recognized for sustainable and Fish Friendly Farming, dedication to solar energy production and becoming carbon neutral in 2009.
Upshot wines are the result of the winemakers’ passion to create flavorful, nuanced wines from all of California’s best wine growing regions. The winemakers assert that, “Our Blends offer a sumptuous, almost magical outcome of the growing season and winemaking process.”
The 2018 Upshot White blend is made up of 27% Chardonnay, 21% Grenache Blanc, 18% Gewurztraminer, 17% Pinot Noir, 11% Viognier and 6% Sauvignon Blanc.
The winemakers describe the wine, “This bright wine bursts with aromas of white peach, jasmine blossom and apricot. Flavors of melon, peach and wet stone minerality are followed by a crisp full finish.”
The Upshot White blend will pair well with appetizers, seafood, soft cheeses and can also be enjoyed on its own.