Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Rodney Strong 2012 Symmetry, Alexander Valley

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Rodney Strong Vineyards began more than 50 years ago when the winery’s namesake, a celebrated American dancer decided to embark on a second creative passion.

We Are Introduced To Rodney Strong Wines

Our introduction to Rodney Strong wines began more than a decade ago. In search of some wine for a special occasion, I selected Rodney Strong as a crowd pleasing, great value wine.

The true epiphany came a handful of years ago when we were dining at Poco Piatti. Tasting Team member The Cabinator and I perused the wine list looking for something to go with our tapas. He pointed out a Rodney Strong Rockaway Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. We were delighted to see that they must have mispriced the bottle – and there was also a special promotion for discounted bottles that night. In short, we enjoyed a magnificent bottle of regal Cabernet for a handful of dollars.

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Rodney Strong’s Symmetry Meritage

Fast forwarding to last month, our tasting foursome (which included Green Dragon, Cabinator and Glorious T) were invited to a special wine dinner hosted by Rodney Strong, Anthony Road Wine Company and Fox Run Vineyards. The event took place at the Atlas Brick Oven pizzeria in Corning, NY, in conjunction with the Wine Bloggers Conference.

Many glorious wines were enjoyed along with antipasto, lasagna and pizza. One of our favorites was Symmetry by Rodney Strong. Symmetry is a Meritage, America’s version of a Bordeaux blend.

The Symmetry blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. It hails from one of our favorite appellations, Alexander Valley in Sonoma.

Symmetry is made in a special small lot winemaking facility, the Rodney Strong Artisan Cellar. The clusters and berries go through pre-sorting to get the very best fruit. Indigenous yeast is used along with naturally occurring malolactic fermentation. The wine is cellared in French oak for 18 months.

The wine is stylish and complex. There are silky layers of dark fruit along with chocolate and coffee. The finish lingers and elegantly trails off. It’s a wine with body to stand up to roasted meat or stew. 

Symmetry is part of Rodney Strong’s Reserve range of wines and retails for $55. This is a wine that will blend in well with your next meal or special occasion.

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