Knotty Vines Offers “Entry Level” Wine Drinkers Several Affordable Choices
Rodney Strong Vineyards has recently released a new line of wines, “aimed at older millennials and gen-x wine consumers.” Although the Knotty Vines label is, as the winery says, “a new lifestyle brand that reaches an emerging consumer demographic” the wines can be enjoyed by wine consumers of any age. All wines listed are currently priced at about $15 a bottle.
2018 Chardonnay – There are plenty of apple and stone fruit flavors to be had here, with accents that suggest toasted coconut. Edgier notes of crisp citrus also come through on the finish.
2018 Pinot Noir – This lighter-bodied Pinot carries a bit of a spiced red plum and blackberry flavor profile, with a hint of dried black cherry and vanilla bean on the finish. It should pair well with poached salmon or a mushroom risotto.
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon – You might mistake this for a California Pinot, with its earthy, mineral-like quality, and the fruit component tends to be a bit lighter and brighter than expected with red currant and red raspberry flavors.
2016 Red Blend – There’s a big dollop of berry compote to lead off, with a soft finish of black cherry/chocolate and perhaps just a trailing note of sweetness. This four-varietal blend consists of Merlot, Malbec, Zinfandel, and Petit Verdot.