Rodney Strong Red Bordeaux Blend Alexander Valley Symmetry 2008
The Symmetry greets you with a generous bouquet of blackberries, ripe dark plums, sweet spices, and pie crust. It opens boldly on the palate with layers of blackberry, cassis, dark chocolate and brown spice. This mouth-filling wine is rich, silky in texture, expansive, and quite long on the finish, and manages to be at once harmonious, powerful, and elegant. Intended to be enjoyable on release, Symmetry is destined for years of further evolution in the bottle. Savor it! 65% cabernet sauvignon, 25% malbec, 7% merlot, 2% petit verdot, 1% cabernet franc
Editorial Reviews for Rodney Strong Red Bordeaux Blend Alexander Valley Symmetry
Fairly oaky and tight on the nose with dark currant and plum fruit over cigar box and caramel aromas topped by hints of minty herbs and ash. Nicely textured in the mouth, this is soft and smooth with a firm backbone of tannins. The flavors today run toward the oaky end of the spectrum, with spicy wood, vanilla and toast notes throughout the palate, but the underlying fruit is black curranty and dark, slight dried fruit notes sits at the wine's core. The back end shows more tannin, which surprisingly lifts on the finish revealing more depth of fruit and spicy notes on the finale. Fairly large scaled, this needs some time to unwind but should open nicely given 1-3 years in the cellar. 91pts
External Reviews for Rodney Strong Red Bordeaux Blend Alexander Valley Symmetry
The 2008 Symmetry greets you with a generous bouquet of blackberries, ripe dark plums, sweet spices and pie crust. It opens boldly on the palate with layers of blackberry, cassis, dark chocolate and brown spice.
Always one the top Meritage wines produced in California, and Rodney Strong's flagship, Symmetry is a wine whose name sums up what it's all about. All five Bordeaux varietals are combined in a beautifully symmetrical blend. This 2008 is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec, 7% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. The wine was aged for 21 months in 100% French oak barrels. The best lots of Caberenet Sauvignon and the other 5 Bordeaux varietals are selected from Strong's prime vineyards in Alexander Valley. The Symmetry facility is truly state of the art, with small tanks and equipment sized for the most discriminating vineyard selection process. Under the direction of consulting winemaker David Ramey, they employ cutting edge techniques such as cluster pre-sorting, berry sorting and extended maceration. The wine shows the forward richness that is the hallmark of Alexander Valley reds, with bold structure for aging. A truly compelling wine. Grab it while it's On Sale!
Tasting Notes - The Alexander Valley signature style is evident in this delicious cabernet: bold fruit aromas and flavors centered on red plum and boysenberry, and a rich and mouthfilling texture with soft tannins, all of which we've framed in the finest oak barrels for 18.5 months. Enjoy over the next 3 - 6 years.