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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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  • Michael David Symphony 2009

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    Wine review by raimonnemar


  • Conundrum Conundrum White Blend 2009

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    I really like this - a bit sweet for a sipper I think (my tastes) but would ... ... me a bit of Ironstone "symphony", but smoother and bigger - not as acidic. Muscat definitely dominates (honey sweet) but is lighter and more acidic than muscat. Really great! White wine lovers will love this one - especially if they prefer a wine that is a bit... Read More

    Wine review by Vicola54


  • Symphony-Pinot Noir Perrymoore Wine Santa Maria Valley Red 2006

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    Wine review by sdwineguy1965


  • Ironstone Vineyards Symphony Obsession White 2010

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    Very very nice whitewine. Very fruity, and a bit sparkling. Read More

    Wine review by logstrup


  • Ironstone Vineyards Symphony Obsession White 2010

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    Wine review by kelsmil3


  • Ironstone Vineyards Symphony Obsession White 2010

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    Wine review by kelsmil3


  • Just sitting here listening to some classical piano with a ... of a low light, a classical symphony fugue, a roaring fireplace and a glass of ruby red Cabernet Sauvignon. Everything else for the moment in this world, is unimportant. Thank you Snooth for giving me the information to purchase what fits my taste and to enjoy it with life's compati... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Unbelievable pleasures of...


  • Shiraz Barossa Valley Elderton 2004

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    This stunning wine is very close to perfection. At uncorking, the nose opens ... is a lush, densely layered symphony of cherry, with undertones of cobbler and jam, surrounded by gentle spices, along with licorice and vanilla. An opulent finish lingers, front to back, as bursts of concentrated flavors intermingle and dance. At one hour, a ne... Read More

    Wine review by Wine Fire


  • Marenco Brachetto d'Acqui 2009

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    This wine has many intense flavors that play out like a symphony, light and tart, then sweet and smooth transcending into a bold earthy after tones. Its smooth strawberry/raspberry at first with a velvety chocolaty finish that lingers hauntingly on your lips making your taste buds beg for more. Read More

    Wine review by funkytown


  • Bois Menestrel Vacqueyras 2006

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    First of all, do not confuse the 'menestrel' with the word 'menestral'. And ... percent in here ... there's symphony of the Land here. Mineral, Vegetable, Floral, blossoms of all kinds and there's something human in here to. The Wind passing through Clothing Lines and Girl's Hair Milking Cows. Is this what I am tasting? The Mistral of the ... Read More

    Wine review by magoski


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