92pts Wilfred Wong
The 2016 Rodney Strong Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the best deals amongst Cabs. TASTING NOTES: This wine sports aromas and flavors of black fruit and oak. Enjoy its richness with a full-flavored lamb stew. (Tasted: March 6, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
90pts Connoisseurs' Guide
If at first inclining a bit more to ripeness than fruit but opening to show more fruity intensity and focus in short order, Rodney Strong’s 2016 Reserve is, when given a bit of time in the glass, a richly flavored wine whose sweet oak, loam and chocolaty extras make for an involving Cabernet that turns out to be chock-full of curranty fruit. Its supple mouthfeel is sure to tempt early drinking, and, while it is not too tannic to serve as an appealing foil to typical Cabernet fare for those short on patience, it has the structure to evolve and become even more polished if afforded three or four more years on the cork and will be in fine drinking shape for three or four more.
Rich, lush, and structured, the 2016 vintage displays intense aromas of black currant, cassis, and crushed violet. This wine is velvety with a smooth, lingering finish of herbal notes, vanilla, and cocoa.
Enjoy this wine now with a grilled porterhouse, rack of lamb, and a winter vegetable roast or lay a few bottles down in your cellar to enjoy in 4 to 6 years.