Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage 2015
Pot roast cooked for hours will go beautifully with the heady fruit and body of this California red. What are your other favorite roast or basted meat dishes? Likely they'll be good pairings too. Pan-seared rib lamb chops with a drizzle of pesto across the top couldn't hurt either...
Winery: "The 2015 Symmetry has luxurious aromas of red fruit, plum, vanilla, dusty oak and dried fruit which unfold on the palate with silky layers of dark fruits, baking spices, and a supple, rich mouthfeel. This wine is harmonious and elegant with refined tannins and a long, lingering finish. Enjoy this wine now with beef stew, grilled pork tenderloin or an assortment of roasted vegetables, or cellar for enjoyment for years to come.
The 2015 vintage was warm overall, but cooler than the previous few years. Budbreak was very early, weeks ahead of average. Yields were very low—in some blocks half of what we’d normally harvest. The low yields led to sugars accumulating much faster in the clusters than the speed at which ripening was occurring. Cool and hot weather alternated the rest of the summer. The acidity and tannins in the berries remained firm as we were looking at the possibility of a record early harvest date, so we chose to let the sugars go, waited for the acids to lower and for the tannins to soften. Satisfied with the flavors, and with all things in balance, we picked blocks from five different vineyards in Alexander Valley, plus our Estate Cooley Ranch out in the wild hills north of Lake Sonoma, all the way through September, as the fruit from each block tasted best."
|Varietal||73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec|
|Aging||21 months in French oak barrels, 56% new|
|Region||Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California|