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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  • 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

  • Micheal & David Symphony 2006


    Sweet almost a desert wine. Strong hints of honeydew and melon on the nose. This wine would be nice by itself on the porch during summer. Very light and crisp with a tropical fruity taste. I picked up cantaloupe and peach as well. I will buy again but save it for a warm summer evening. Read More

    Wine review by Green Pea

  • Ironstone Vineyards Symphony California Obsession 2007


    Nice crisp fruity wine with very floral nose. The wine is somewhat sweet, but not overbearing, a tad on the green side. Medium-short clean finish. Read More

    Wine review by VeggieFella

  • Sebastiani Merlot 1999


    Was a great value back in 2003-2004. Extremely lush, rich and round. Lack of ... ... of notes to produce a symphony for your olfactory system. Have yet to try it recentl Read More

    Wine review by DictionFriction

  • Wines tasted:1978 Produttori del Barbaresco BarbarescoTorre 89pts1978 ... ... ... featuring an aromatic symphony of classic mature Nabbiolo notes. In the mouth the transparency and fine quality of the tannins made this a joy to drink and carefully framed the intense fruit and spice notes. A stunning wine. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Produttori del Barbaresco the...

  • Ironstone Vineyards Symphony California Obsession 2006


    i am a picky wine drinker and i absolutely love this stuff. Read More

    Wine review by lizamcd

  • Ironstone Vineyards Symphony California Obsession 2006


    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


    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


    No written review

    Wine review by kstalbaum

  • Ironstone Vineyards Symphony California Obsession 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Turbo Dan

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