Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage 1996
Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.8%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The harvest year of 1996 was to set the stage for the first Symmetry. A warm winter inhibited the bud set and rain during bloom reduced yield
significantly. The crop was down, but quality high, since fewer grapes meant heightened intensity of color and flavor. A deep blackberry color captures the depth of fruit and spice in the aroma and flavors of Symmetry. A bouquet of wild mint, mandarin orange-peel and gardenia mingle with black licorice, white pepper and dark brown sugar. A firm tannin structure supporting a round and velvet - smooth texture is in perfect accord with flavors of blueberry, black cherry, dark roast coffee and almond. Licorice and vanilla flavors from a combination of American and
French oak barrels contribute to outstanding balance and an expansive finish.
"Tight yet complex, with intense wild berry, mineral, sage and herbal notes that gain depth and complexity. Full-bodied, well-structured and in need of cellaring, this is reminiscent of a taut, young St.-Estèphe. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2010 through 2016. 6,556 cases made. –JL"
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