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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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  • Ironstone Vineyards Symphony California Obsession 2006

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    slightly sweet with a lot of lemon and lime zest; kind of gross Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872


  • Napa Cellars Syrah Napa Valley 2005

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    This is an example of a nearly perfect textbook flavor profile for a classic ... ... the tongue. Growing in a symphony of flavors until the moment you swallow and that initiates the dryness of this syrah pulling flavors in from your cheeks and lips creating a sensation that your mouth is shrinking back to its normal size again with a celebrati... Read More

    Wine review by scottdseaman


  • Ironstone Vineyards Symphony California Obsession 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by kstalbaum


  • Ironstone Vineyards Symphony California Obsession 2006

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    Wine review by Turbo Dan


  • Ironstone Vineyards Symphony California Obsession 2006

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    (FYI, drinking this at room temp) Nose is really vibrant and fruity. It smacks you with fruit but doesn't smell like a fruit bomb. Also a bit flowery but not too sweet. Smells similar to basic champagne. Taste is surprisingly crisp and non-fruity. I'm getting more flowers than fruit on the palate but it's definintely young at this point. ... Read More

    Wine review by ehrenfrd


  • (Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 and a bottle of a 90+ pt Napa Cabernet Sauvignon)Musical heroism at it's finest, Beethoven's Eroica is quite possibly one of the finest expressions of Romanticism in music ever created. This 50+ minute opus blends seamlessly with a bottle of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (think Caymus or Shafer). Give it a try - you'll ei... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine/Music Pairing Experiment...


  • Ironstone Vineyards Symphony California Obsession 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by Sara Lichty


  • Let's get some education going here. Has anyone else come across a new varietal or wine name they have never heard of before today?Mavrud: Mavrud is a unique red wine common only to the region of Thrace in Bulgaria. It is found around few cities in the central part of the country where the winter temperatures are not very low. The wines made fro... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Varietal (or at least an...


  • Ironstone Vineyards Symphony California Obsession 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by stourtin07


  • Sebastiani Symphony 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by oceank8


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