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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  • Ironstone Vineyards Symphony California Obsession 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by ONUMello


  • Michael-David Vineyards Symphony California 2006

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    A clear color, orange creme icicle with a hint of lemon. An orange and tangerine palate. Smooth summer sipper. Read More

    Wine review by rjrausch


  • Ironstone Vineyards Symphony California Obsession 2006

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    I love this wine. It goes well with just about everything I serve except raspberry vinaigrette. It's a staple on my wine rack. Read More

    Wine review by htphelps


  • Obsession Symphony White Grape California Ironstone Mo 2008

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    Wine review by MightyFlea


  • Ironstone Vineyards Symphony California Obsession 2007

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    Wine review by MightyFlea


  • I have been fortunate to play host to Mauro Mascarello during his last several ... angelica root in a subtle symphony of aromas that was simply amazing to smell. On the palate there was  remarkable richness to be found, this pale wine was in fact packed with slippery glycerin giving the wine a rich, absolutely silken mouthfeel. What tannins th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dinner with Mauro and...


  • Barolo Mascarello Giuseppe 1964

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    Here we moved on from the great Monprivato Cru to a wine that had grapes from ... and angelic root in a subtle symphony or aromas. Simply amazing to smell. On the palate there was a remarkable richness to be found, this pale wine was in fact packed with slippery glycerin giving the wine a rich, absolutely silken mouthfeel. What tannins there w... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • I have been fortunate to play host to Mauro Mascarello during his last several ... angelica root in a subtle symphony of aromas that was simply amazing to smell. On the palate there was  remarkable richness to be found, this pale wine was in fact packed with slippery glycerin giving the wine a rich, absolutely silken mouthfeel. What tannins th... Read More

    From the article Dinner with Mauro and Giuseppe Mascarello


  • Last week the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a $3.9 million grant to develop a mechanical sprayer. The chemicals used in vineyards have become so toxic that they are considered a health hazard for humans. In other words, the government is trying to find a way to make spraying highly toxic chemicals on grapes more convenient. And we haven... Read More

    Forum post in the topic SYMPHONY WITH HORNS


  • Last week the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a $3.9 million grant to develop a mechanical sprayer. The chemicals used in vineyards have become so toxic that they are considered a health hazard for humans. In other words, the government is trying to find a way to make spraying highly toxic chemicals on grapes more convenient. And we haven... Read More

    From the article Symphony with Horns


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