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We Speak Wine USD 42.99 750ml

Rodney Strong Symmetry Red Meritage Alexander Valley 2014

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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

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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

External Reviews for Rodney Strong Symmetry Red Meritage Alexander Valley

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Source: We Speak Wine
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



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