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Rodney Strong Symmetry 2014

Editorial Review by Snooth Editorial:

Strong cedar and cinnamon spice box aromas with plenty of heat and ripe cherries. Quite juicy and full in the mouth with baking spices and black cherry aromas, waves of white chocolate and caramel, reasonably good tannic structure and some blackberries and blueberries on the long finish.

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Rodney Strong Vineyards:
  Founded in 1959 by Rodney Strong, Rodney Strong Vineyards has one of the richest histories in Sonoma County. It was the first vineyard to plant Chardonnay in Chalk Hill (1965), and the first to release it (1977). It was also the first to plant Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley (1968) and the first to make a single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon in Sonoma County (released in 1974). ... Read more
  Founded in 1959 by Rodney Strong, Rodney Strong Vineyards has one of the richest histories in Sonoma County. It was the first vineyard to plant Chardonnay in Chalk Hill (1965), and the first to release it (1977). It was also the first to plant Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley (1968) and the first to make a single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon in Sonoma County (released in 1974). Success didn’t come overnight: hard work and perseverance, coupled with a strong business sense and tender loving care, allowed the vineyard to prosper. When Tom Klein purchased the vineyard in 1989, a major overhaul was planned, and in a short 10 years, sales grew over 600% to 500,000 cases. Today, Rick Sayre, David Ramey, Greg Morthole, and Justin Seidenfeld, winemakers at Rodney Strong Vineyards, source grapes from over 1,000 acres of vines throughout Sonoma County, across 14 estate vineyards from Alexander Valley, the Russian River Valley, Chalk Hill, and Sonoma Coast. All of these high-quality grapes have allowed the winery to become the success that it is today. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Rodney Strong Symmetry

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464772,731
4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 05/07/2015

Strong cedar and cinnamon spice box aromas with plenty of heat and ripe cherries. Quite juicy and full in the mouth with baking spices and black cherry aromas, waves of white chocolate and caramel, reasonably good tannic structure and some blackberries and blueberries on the long finish.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 01/09/2013

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


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 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: Wolle
2034221,410
5.00 5
Vintage: 2010 11/16/2013

My Rating 94: This is a very satisfying wine with firm full body elegant balance with nice firm tannin's. Nose goes on and on. with elegant notes of fruit and spices. Amazing Wine .unfortunately very expensive too.


Snooth User: minocencio
1383861749
2.50 5
Vintage: 2010 11/23/2013

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: smiles813
1063123323
0.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/12/2012

$49.99


Snooth User: CENYC
739572305
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 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
1163360270
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 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
27736188
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 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.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,203
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 03/27/2010

- Tasted at Total Wine & More 3/27/10


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External Reviews for Rodney Strong Symmetry

External Review
Vintage: 2012 12/14/2015

Always one of 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. To make Symmetry select areas within each of their many Alexander Valley vineyards where they have grown Bordeaux varietals for over 40 years, are hand harvested, fermented separately and aged in the finest French oak barrels. After about six months, each lot is tasted and graded; only the highest graded wines are considered for Symmetry. The blend is then assembled, and the wine is returned to barrels to facilitate flavor integration. The wine is aged an additional 10 to 18 months, before bottling. Consulting Enologist David Ramey oversee the entire process. For this stellar 2012 vintage the blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot and the French oak barrels were 37% new. Robert Parker said about this wine "The 2012 Proprietary Red Symmetry, a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, exhibits chocolaty, blackberry and black cherry fruit intermixed with earth and spice characteristics, medium body and a supple, round, seductive mouthfeel. Elegant and mid-weight, it is best drunk over the next 7-8 years." And this classy red blend scoreed 93 points in the Ultimate Wine Challenge. They said "Cassis and black raspberry are rich and dark on the nose. Equally concentrated in the mouth, the fruit is dark and intense, enhanced by charred wood and mineral rich soil. A hint of earthy mushroom and herbs comes through on the spicy finish."


External Review
Vintage: 2012 02/17/2015

Always one of 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. To make Symmetry select areas within each of their many Alexander Valley vineyards where they have grown Bordeaux varietals for over 40 years, are hand harvested, fermented separately and aged in the finest French oak barrels. After about six months, each lot is tasted and graded; only the highest graded wines are considered for Symmetry. The blend is then assembled, and the wine is returned to barrels to facilitate flavor integration. The wine is aged an additional 10 to 18 months, before bottling. Consulting Enologist David Ramey oversee the entire process. For this stellar 2012 vintage the blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot and the French oak barrels were 37% new. Robert Parker said about this wine "The 2012 Proprietary Red Symmetry, a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, exhibits chocolaty, blackberry and black cherry fruit intermixed with earth and spice characteristics, medium body and a supple, round, seductive mouthfeel. Elegant and mid-weight, it is best drunk over the next 7-8 years."


External Review
Vintage: 2012 02/04/2015

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. To make Symmetry select areas within each of their many Alexander Valley vineyards where they have grown Bordeaux varietals for over 40 years, are hand harvested, fermented separately and aged in the finest French oak barrels. After about six months, each lot is tasted and graded; only the highest graded wines are considered for Symmetry. The blend is then assembled, and the wine is returned to barrels to facilitate flavor integration. The wine is aged an additional 10 to 18 months, before bottling. Consulting Enologist David Ramey oversee the entire process. For this stellar 2012 vintage the blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot and the French oak barrels were 37% new. Robert Parker said about this wine "The 2012 Proprietary Red Symmetry, a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, exhibits chocolaty, blackberry and black cherry fruit intermixed with earth and spice characteristics, medium body and a supple, round, seductive mouthfeel. Elegant and mid-weight, it is best drunk over the next 7-8 years."


External Review
Vintage: 2011 02/12/2014

The 2011 symmetry greets you with an opulent bouquet of blackberries, cassis, and sweet spices. it unfolds on the palate with layers of black fruits, dark chocolate and spice. This mouth-filling wine is rich and silky in texture with a long, lingering finish and the structure for several years in the cellar. Intended to be enjoyable on release, the 2011 symmetry is destined for evolution in the bottle. - WineryBlend:73% Cabernet Sauvignon13% Malbec7% Cabernet Franc4% Merlot 3% Petit VerdotCellar & Fermentation: 16 months in french oak barrelsAlcohol: 14.5%TA: 0.59g/100mlpH: 3.73


External Review
Vintage: 2010 11/08/2013

Dense and chewy, showing dark and red berry fruit, with notes of red and black licorice and a firm wall of ripe, chewy tannins. The fruit pushes through. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2014 through 2024. 3,936 cases made. -JL A lush, complex wine, based on Cabernet Sauvignon and including all of the classic Bordeaux varieties. It's softly tannic and slightly herbal in the Alexander Valley way, with savory black cherry, cherry liqueur, cocoa and oak flavors. The 2010 Symmetry greets you with an opulent bouquet of blackberries, cassis and sweet spices which unfold on the palate with layers of black fruits, dark chocolate and spice. This mouth-filling wine is rich and silky in texture, with the structure for several years in the cellar. It manages to be at once harmonious, concentrated and elegant, with a lingering finish. Intended to be enjoyable on release, the 2010 Symmetry is destined for evolution in the bottle. Sav...


External Review
Vintage: 2010 01/16/2013

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 10/11/2012

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.


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