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The Symmetry greets you with a generous bouquet of blackberries, ripe dark plums, sweet spices, and pie crust. It ope...Read more...
Fairly oaky and tight on the nose with dark currant and plum fruit over cigar box and caramel aromas topped by hints of minty herbs and ash. Nicel... Read more
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
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Editorial Reviews for Rodney Strong Red Bordeaux Blend Alexander Valley Symmetry
Fairly oaky and tight on the nose with dark currant and plum fruit over cigar box and caramel aromas topped by hints of minty herbs and ash. Nicely textured in the mouth, this is soft and smooth with a firm backbone of tannins. The flavors today run toward the oaky end of the spectrum, with spicy wood, vanilla and toast notes throughout the palate, but the underlying fruit is black curranty and dark, slight dried fruit notes sits at the wine's core. The back end shows more tannin, which surprisingly lifts on the finish revealing more depth of fruit and spicy notes on the finale. Fairly large scaled, this needs some time to unwind but should open nicely given 1-3 years in the cellar. 91pts
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
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
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.
- Tasted at Total Wine & More 3/27/10
I tried this at the Vancouver Wine Festival and have always remembered the amazing taste. Of course, by the time I got to the shop, it was all sold out.
Massive black cherry nose. Hot, very tannic, moderate acid, currant, sweet tones. Fairly complex.
External Reviews for Rodney Strong Red Bordeaux Blend Alexander Valley Symmetry
Our Symmetry Meritage is created in our small lot winemaking facility, the Artisan Winery. Celebrating the esteemed art of blending, Symmetry captures the essence of the Alexander Valley. With 40 years of experience growing classic French grape varieties here, we select our best Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and other traditional Bordeaux grapes.
Celebrating the winemaker s art of blending, Symmetry captures the essence of the Alexander Valley. We have grown the noble French grape varieties here for more than 40 years.
Deeply colored, full bodied, and layered with blackberry, cassis, smoky dark chocolate, and sweet spices that fill the mouth, leading to a long, soft and persistent finish.
Tasting Notes - The Alexander Valley signature style is evident in this delicious cabernet: bold fruit aromas and flavors centered on red plum and boysenberry, and a rich and mouthfilling texture with soft tannins, all of which we've framed in the finest oak barrels for 18.5 months. Enjoy over the next 3 - 6 years.
The 2008 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.
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. This 2008 is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec, 7% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. The wine was aged for 21 months in 100% French oak barrels. The best lots of Caberenet Sauvignon and the other 5 Bordeaux varietals are selected from Strong's prime vineyards in Alexander Valley. The Symmetry facility is truly state of the art, with small tanks and equipment sized for the most discriminating vineyard selection process. Under the direction of consulting winemaker David Ramey, they employ cutting edge techniques such as cluster pre-sorting, berry sorting and extended maceration. The wine shows the forward richness that is the hallmark of Alexander Valley reds, with bold structure for aging. A truly compelling wine. Grab it while it's On Sale!
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!
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! 65% cabernet sauvignon, 25% malbec, 7% merlot, 2% petit verdot, 1% cabernet franc
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