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Rodney Strong Symmetry Red Meritage Alexander Valley 2013

Editorial Review by Snooth Editorial:

Black cherry and cherry cola aromas with floral violets and fresh baking spice. Dark, brooding and richly spiced on the palate, smoky and earthy on entry with faint heat and blackberry, black currant and black cherry fruit, concentrated fruit and a finish of earth and leather. A bold wine with plenty of potential to develop.

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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 Red Meritage Alexander Valley

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464772,624
0.00 5
09/21/2017

Black cherry and cherry cola aromas with floral violets and fresh baking spice. Dark, brooding and richly spiced on the palate, smoky and earthy on entry with faint heat and blackberry, black currant and black cherry fruit, concentrated fruit and a finish of earth and leather. A bold wine with plenty of potential to develop.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 12/22/2008

Milky at first, tight then turning very herbal with bay leaf and spicy herbs before adding pencil lead, leather, and tea tones. Dark and brooding with big yet suave tannins that give this a high end Bordeaux like mouth feel. Very fresh and with very fine balance to the creamy mouthfeel. The acidity is bright but integrated adding to the polish yet lean feel. Lush with good depth of flavor, this is a seductive style of winemaking that knits together deep fruit with good length in a suave polished style. This developed lovely green tobacco and green coffee nuances on the long finish. Delicious and really enjoyable to drink, this improved all night long 2008-2016 92pts


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Snooth User: Philip James
112,574
3.00 5
Vintage: 2005 12/22/2008

Another well performing wine. Very herbal - lime leaf and basil. Good acidity. Strongly acidic and comes over slightly lean, but overall its fresh and bright, and comes over well. Tasted at the Snooth PTP California Cab blind tasting: http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/snooth-ptp-california-cabernet


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,448
3.00 5
Vintage: 2005 01/01/2009

Second time I've tasted this wine. The first was at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. Lost my notes from the fair but recall it being very good. Tasting it blind restrained my thoughts. This wine was very dark and muted at first take. It did have spice and black fruit as it opened up. Good tannins and balance but needed time to open out.


External Reviews for Rodney Strong Symmetry Red Meritage Alexander Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 02/15/2018

THE VINTAGE & VINEYARD: The exceptional 2014 vintage started with buds pushing a little early after a very dry winter. The spring continued to be warm and dry, conditions favorable for optimum fruit set. Summer brought more warmth as the grapes acclimated to the sunshine. Brothers Cabernet Block 1, at the base of the mountainside picked the earliest, as it usually does, on September 8. We waited 9 days before picking Cabernet again at Brothers. Around the same time, we picked our Pine Flat Merlot block, on the valley fl oor near Jimtown in southern Alexander Valley, and a small block of Petit Verdot at the very top of the hill at Rockaway. The last picks for our Symmetry came in early October, as we went into another Petit Verdot block at Rockaway, plus the Cabernet Franc and Malbec from the warm soils of Knight’s Valley. TASTING NOTES: The 2014 Symmetry is a luxurious bouquet of black cherry, plum, black fi g and rose petals which unfold on the palate with silky layers of black fruits, minerality and baking spices. This wine is harmonious and elegant with a vibrant mouthfeel. Enjoy this wine now with roasted vegetables, grilled pork tenderloin, braised lamb shanks, or cellar for enjoyment for years to come. BLEND: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Malbec 5% Merlot 4% Petit Verdot 3% Cab Franc CELLAR & FERMENTATION: 20 months in French oak barrels, 53% new ALCOHOL: 14.5% TA: 0.62g/100mL pH: 3.67


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
02/03/2017

PHILOSOPHY: With over 40 years of experience growing classic French grape varieties in Alexander Valley, we select our best Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and other traditional Bordeaux grapes from the hills that overlook the valley, where well-drained rocky soils combine with warm, sunny days and cool nights to provide ideal growing conditions. Select areas within each vineyard are hand harvested individually, 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 12 to 20 months, before bottling. IN THE CELLAR: Our Symmetry Meritage is created in our small lot winemaking facility, the Artisan Cellar. Our winemaker Greg Morthole works closely with consulting winemaker David Ramey as we employ state of the art techniques such as cluster pre-sorting, berry sorting, and extended maceration. Only indigenous yeast and naturally occurring malolactic fermentation are allowed. With small tanks and equipment sized for the most discriminating vineyard selection process, this facility is truly state of the art and represents the Klein family commitment towards producing the finest wines possible. THE VINTAGE & VINEYARD: 2013 was the kind of growing season that most would wish we could have every year; a dry, frostfree spring, a warm summer with minimal heat spikes, and a warm rain free autumn that allowed for picking the fruit perfectly mature. Warm days with cool evenings prevailed in September which kept sugar accumulation at an even pace and left acidity in the grapes. We harvested our Cabernet Sauvignon from September 13 through 24, and our Merlot on September 23. We waited an extra few weeks to pick the Petit Verdot at optimal ripeness on October 3, 7 and 8, and the Malbec on October 9. The Cabernet Franc came from two vineyards. The Alexander Valley Cabernet Franc was picked early, on September 10, while the Knight’s Valley Cabernet Franc came in on October 8. TASTING NOTES: The 2013 Symmetry is a luxurious bouquet of blackberries, black cherry, plum and crushed lavender which unfold on the palate with silky layers of black fruits, dark chocolate covered espresso beans and baking spices. This wine is rich, harmonious and elegant with a long, lingering finish. Enjoy this wine now with a Beef Bourguignon, a lamb roast or a roasted vegetable tart or cellar for enjoyment for years to come. BLEND: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Petit Verdot 8% Cabernet Franc 4% Malbec CELLAR & FERMENTATION: 19 months in French oak barrels, 45% new ALCOHOL: 14.5% TA: 0.63g/100mL PH: 3.72


External Review
04/19/2017

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 2013 vintage the blend is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec and 4% Merlot and the French oak barrels were 45% new. Robert Parker scored this 91 points saying "Lastly, the 2013 Symmetry is a Bordeaux blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec and 4% Merlot. This is a suave, supple-textured wine with sweeter tannin, more forward personality, and loads of red and black currant fruit as well as some licorice and underbrush. It is a beauty. Medium to full-bodied and very elegant, this wine was aged 16 months in 100% French oak prior to being bottled. Drink it over the next 12-15 years."


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 10/11/2015

At Rodney Strong Vineyards, we focus on modern artisan winemaking, exclusively from Sonoma County, California. Our family-owned winery is committed to quality wines and to protecting our resources for the future. We are solar powered, practice sustainable and Fish Friendly Farming and we are Sonoma County’s first carbon neutral winery. Philosophy: With over 40 years of experience growing classic French grape varieties in Alexander Valley, we select our best Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and other traditional Bordeaux grapes from the hills that overlook the valley, where well-drained rocky soils combine with warm, sunny days and cool nights to provide ideal growing conditions. Select areas within each vineyard are hand harvested individually, 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. In the Cellar: Our Symmetry Meritage is created in our small lot winemaking facility, the Artisan Cellar. Our winemaker Greg Morthole works closely with consulting winemaker David Ramey as we employ state of the art techniques such as cluster pre-sorting, berry sorting, and extended maceration. Only indigenous yeast and naturally occurring malolactic fermentation are allowed. With small tanks and equipment sized for the most discriminating vineyard selection process, this facility is truly state of the art and represents the Klein family commitment towards producing the finest wines possible. In the Vineyard: The 2012 vintage started off warm and dry, with little to no frost. By mid-summer people were beginning to whisper about how perfect the growing season was going. Rain-free warm days and cool nights were the rule, with no storms or heat spikes. We harvested our Cabernet Sauvignon between October 4th and the 20th, the Merlot September 27th through October 9th, the Cabernet Franc on October 9th, the Malbec on October 9th and 10th, and the Petit Verdot on October 10th. Tasting Notes: The 2012 Symmetry has a luxurious bouquet of blackberries, currants, cassis and crushed lavender which unfold on the palate with silky layers of black fruits, dark chocolate covered espresso beans and baking spices. This wine is rich, harmonious and elegant with a long, lingering finish. Enjoy this wine now with a barbecue tri-tip, lamb roast or stew or cellar for enjoyment for years to come. Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon 13% Merlot 5% Cabernet Franc 5% Malbec 2% Petit Verdot Alcohol: 14.5% TA: 0.57g/100mL pH: 3.74



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Alcohol: 14.5%

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