Symphony

This crossing of Muscat of Alexandria and Grenache Gris, was created by Dr. Harold Olmo at UC Davis in 1948. As is the case with most of Dr. Olmo’s crossings, this white wine producing grape varietal was originally developed to be utilized in hot growing conditions of California’s Central Valley.

Today, the variety’s acreage is rather limited in California (just 612 total acres in 2003) with perhaps the most significant plantings being those of Ironstone Vineyards in the Lodi and Sierra Foothills AVAs. It is somewhat surprising that Symphony has not found more widespread popularity given the commercial success Ironstone has had with the grape in the form of their seductively aromatic wine known as “Obsession”; a wine with a pronounced Muscat-like bouquet and palate that deftly balances sweetness and acidity. Still, this impressive aromatic grape has found a few other followers in the state, such as Yorkville Highlands’ Maple Creek winery who fashions both off-dry and full fledged late harvest Read more »

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  • I've written a full two part review of the latest prime example from Mr. Michel ... head-crushing noise than a symphony of an esteemed French wine maker... and dramatically over-hyped, in my youthful palates opinion.Pairing: Charging wild boar? Live and angry grizzly Bear? ...Stilton chees Read More

    Forum post in the topic The 2007 Clos de los Siete. Oy.


  • I'm just starting to try wine. Are there any good, non-expensive wines that are not too strong but will ease me into loving wine? I'm nervous on pairing the wrong foods that would ruin the wine. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Help - Advice for a Beginner


  • Obsession Symphony White Grape California Ironstone Mo 2008

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    My first Symphony based wine. extremely aromatic. it smells like those lemon-lime candies at granny's house that no one ever touched. tropical fruit all over this stuff. pomelo, starfruit, and guava. pairs great with microwave popcorn. great qpr. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Artevino Symphony 2007

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    Stopped by this winery due to fond memories of Martz (it' predecessor). Long story short, I ended up walking out with a couple of mixed cases. Ir is ALL good. Been taking these wines to parties and have been receiving rave reviews. THis wine is can't miss. Highly recommended. PS I work at a winery in Livermore so I know what I am talking a... Read More

    Wine review by Shomigina


  • Ironstone Vineyards Symphony California Obsession 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by nghtst


  • Ironstone Vineyards Red Blend California Xpression 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by BlairSchmitz


  • Luna Rossa Winery Symphony 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by Rodr88


  • Ironstone Vineyards Symphony California Obsession 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by mc2creative


  • Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2001

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    I overheard David Hirsch say, "the symphony is playing" on this one. Very burgundian. Smokey fruit and brambles on the nose with candle wax dripped in. The finish is incredibly dynamic and just keeps going forever. Read More

    Wine review by adamlevin


  • Ironstone Vineyards Symphony California Obsession 2007

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    Tropical nose loaded with mango, ripe banana, and a little citrus/pineapple. Full palate of mango, mandarin orange, dried pineapple; the flavor reminded me of the thick syrup in fruit cocktail. A bit thick, a bit sweet, but very refreshing- not overly complex but has the 'yummy' factor that makes it great to sip on a hot summer day. Read More

    Wine review by ONUMello


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