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Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage 1996

Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
  • RP88
13.8% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

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.

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RP 88
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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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Rodney Strong Vineyards, Sonoma County, California
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Founded by wine industry pioneer, Rod Strong, in 1959, Rodney Strong Vineyards is now owned by the Kleins, a farming-based family that prides itself on land stewardship and a relentless push for superior wine quality from Sonoma County. After purchasing the company in 1989, Tom Klein began the endeavor that today brings together excellent vineyards, the industry's finest winemaking equipment, and exceptional talent. The winery farms and sources grapes from vineyards throughout Sonoma County, focusing on Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley and Chalk Hill. Rodney Strong Vineyards is best known for its estate-bottled and vineyard-designated wines, and is also recognized for their sustainable and Fish Friendly Farming, dedication to solar energy production and becoming carbon neutral in 2009.

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