Rodney Strong Red Bordeaux Blend Alexander Valley Symmetry 2007

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85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 3% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petite Verdot Toasty wood, carob, caramel, dried chili and a hint of dill fra... Read more

Powerful, Delicious Alexander Valley Blend Tasted February 2011 Dark purple color, totally opaque except at the edges. Sweet, jammy bouquet with a ... Read more

Wow! Big, bold, yet elegant. Deep garnet and very rich on sight. On the nose, ripe black fruit, dried plums, violets, tobacco, and petrol. Full bod... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Rodney Strong Red Bordeaux Blend Alexander Valley Symmetry

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065202,244
3.50 5
01/28/2011

85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 3% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petite Verdot Toasty wood, carob, caramel, dried chili and a hint of dill frame the dark black raspberry black berry fruit on the nose. This lacks some integration in the mouth, with lots of sweet fruit seemingly separate from the assertive toasty oak. There’s a deep herbal, grassy vegetal component on the palate, which clashes with the sweetness here. Lots of wood tannin is drying as well but the sweetness of the fruit just barely saves the palate, though the finish is dominated by drying tannins and is short and reminiscent of coffee grinds. This is massively constructed and a wine for optimists. It’s complex and packed with extract but that comes with the price of it being massively tannic. 88pts


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Snooth User: CENYC
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3.50 5
02/27/2011

Powerful, Delicious Alexander Valley Blend Tasted February 2011 Dark purple color, totally opaque except at the edges. Sweet, jammy bouquet with a touch of smoke. Smooth, thick, and juicy body at first, but solid structure is provided by moderate oak and a surprising amount of acidity for a red wine. On the second day of tasting, the body had lightened to a medium-weight. Tasted on its own, the Bordeaux blend offers spicy nutmeg and cloves along with the fruitiness of blackberry preserves and raisins. Tasting the first day the dark fruit flavors dominated. The second day revealed spices and some hints of leather. Tasted with ham, the pungent alcohol flavors come forward to balance the fattiness of the meat in a pleasant way. (ABV is a heady 15.1%). Aftertaste with food is flinty – interesting for such a substantial cab blend. Aftertaste with a clean palate is reminiscent of canned vegetables with another heavy dose of alcohol. Knowing the wine is from Alexander Valley, I expected a concentrated, substantial, delicious wine and was not disappointed. This particular blend includes Malbec, Merlot, Cab Franc, and Petit Verdot. The blend seems to lighten the wine (as compared to an Alex Valley pure Cab) and add some more complex notes. My only criticism is the alcohol level is higher than I would consider ideal, making it a little difficult to drink without food. review remains the property of C. Elliot


Snooth User: WineSplash
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4.00 5
07/14/2013

Wow! Big, bold, yet elegant. Deep garnet and very rich on sight. On the nose, ripe black fruit, dried plums, violets, tobacco, and petrol. Full bodied over the palate with a perfect combo of silkiness and grip. Flavors of black currant, black brier fruit, eucalyptus, and cedar. On my second sip, the wine became more complex showing dried cranberry and a hint of mushroom on a lingering, mouth watering finish. I did not decant this wine tonight but did use a Vinturi while pouring into my glass. It paired wonderfully with our grilled steaks tonight! It would also pair well with a rich filet mignon, a spicy leg of lamb, pasta with a tomato based meat sauce, and medium to strong cheeses. I spoil myself once a month with what I consider to be an elite wine and this was July's choice. A great balance of dark fruit, herb, and tannins. This wine is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon with some Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. I think the 2007 Rodney Strong Meritage "Symmetry" Alexander Valley deserves a 93 point rating! It is lush, elegant, and very enjoyable. If you have a 2007 vintage of this wine, you can drink now or hold up through 2016. WineSplashing!!


Snooth User: Winecast
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4.00 5
01/15/2011

A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 3% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Very deep purple in color with complex aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant, cigar box, sage and black licorice. Bold and rich blackcurrant and blackberry flavors with cassis and black pepper finishing with toasty oak and firm tannins. Decant for 2-3 hours now or put in the cellar for 5-7 years. Delicious, if a bit over-oaked, at this point but I expect this to integrate as it ages.


External Reviews for Rodney Strong Red Bordeaux Blend Alexander Valley Symmetry

External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
07/07/2011

WE 94pts. - According to the Wine Enthusiast: A great Bordeaux-style wine that can stand proudly next to Napa bottlings that cost far more. It s mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, with the other four permitted Meritage varieties, and there seems to be lots of new, sweetly toasted oak. The blackberry, cherry, red currant, mocha and bacon flavors are delicious, but even better is the tannic structure. It s soft and alluring enough to drink now. Winemaker Notes - The 2007 Symmetry greets you with a generous bouquet of blackberries, ripe dark plums, sweet spices, and a hint of chocolate. It opens boldly on the palate with layers of blackberry, cassis, smoky dark chocolate and brown spice. This mouth-filling wine is rich, silky in texture, expansive, and quite long on the finish, and manages to be at once harmonious, powerful, and elegant. Intended to be enjoyable on release, Symmetry is destined for years of further evolution in the bottle. Savor it!


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/17/2011

A great Bordeaux-style wine that can stand proudly next to Napa bottlings that cost far more. It's mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, with the other four permitted Meritage varieties, and there seems to be lots of new, sweetly toasted oak. The blackberry, ch... Wine Enthusiast. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2007 Rodney Strong Symmetry Proprietary Red Wine 750ml


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
09/14/2011

A great Bordeaux-style wine that can stand proudly next to Napa bottlings that cost far more. It s mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, with the other four permitted Meritage varieties, and there seems to be lots of new, sweetly toasted oak. The blackberry, cherry, red currant, mocha and bacon flavors are delicious, but even better is the tannic structure. It s soft and alluring enough to drink now. Winemaker Notes - The 2007 Symmetry greets you with a generous bouquet of blackberries, ripe dark plums, sweet spices, and a hint of chocolate. It opens boldly on the palate with layers of blackberry, cassis, smoky dark chocolate and brown spice. This mouth-filling wine is rich, silky in texture, expansive, and quite long on the finish, and manages to be at once harmonious, powerful, and elegant. Intended to be enjoyable on release, Symmetry is destined for years of further evolution in the bottle. Savor it!


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
09/27/2011

A great Bordeaux-style wine that can stand proudly next to Napa bottlings that cost far more. It s mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, with the other four permitted Meritage varieties, and there seems to be lots of new, sweetly toasted oak. The blackberry, cherry, red currant, mocha and bacon flavors are delicious, but even better is the tannic structure. It s soft and alluring enough to drink now.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
04/12/2011

94 Points - Wine Enthusiast A great Bordeaux-style wine that can stand proudly next to Napa bottlings that cost far more. It’s mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, with the other four permitted Meritage variet


External Review
07/05/2011

Always one the top Meritage wines produced in California, and Rodney Strong's flagship, Symmetry is a wine whose name sums up what it's all about. All five Bordeaux varietals are combined in a beautifully symmetrical blend. For this 2007 here it's 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 3% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot aged 26 months in French oak. David Ramey is the Consulting Enologist now for Rodney Strong and he brings his experience to make this wine as true to form as it can be and 2007 was a very rewarding vintage to work with. Wine Enthusiast Magazine made it a Cellar Selection with a 94 point rating saying "A great Bordeaux-style wine that can stand proudly next to Napa bottlings that cost far more. It’s mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, with the other four permitted Meritage varieties, and there seems to be lots of new, sweetly toasted oak. The blackberry, cherry, red currant, mocha and bacon flavors are delicious, but even better is the tannic structure. It’s soft and alluring enough to drink now." AND it's On Sale!


Winemaker's Notes:

The Symmetry greets you with a generous bouquet of blackberries, ripe dark plums, sweet spices, and pie crust. It opens boldly on the palate with layers of blackberry, cassis, dark chocolate and brown spice. This mouth-filling wine is rich, silky in texture, expansive, and quite long on the finish, and manages to be at once harmonious, powerful, and elegant. Intended to be enjoyable on release, Symmetry is destined for years of further evolution in the bottle. Savor it!

Tasting Notes:

The 2007 Symmetry greets you with a generous bouquet of blackberries, ripe dark plums, sweet spices, and pie crust. It opens boldly on the palate with layers of blackberry, cassis, dark chocolate and brown spice. This mouth-filling wine is rich, silky in texture, expansive, and quite long on the finish, and manages to be at once harmonious, powerful, and elegant. Intended to be enjoyable on release, Symmetry is destined for years of further evolution in the bottle. Savor it!

The Symmetry greets you with a generous bouquet of blackberries, ripe dark plums, sweet spices, and pie crust. It opens boldly on the palate with layers of blackberry, cassis, dark chocolate and brown spice. This mouth-filling wine is rich, silky in texture, expansive, and quite long on the finish, and manages to be at once harmonious, powerful, and elegant. Intended to be enjoyable on release, Symmetry is destined for years of further evolution in the bottle. Savor it!

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Total Acidity: 6.2 grams per liter

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