Full Review

Rodney Strong

Rodney Strong
2016 Symmetry, Red Meritage, Sonoma County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$60

Rodney Strong
2016 Symmetry, Red Meritage, Sonoma County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of black currant, red cherry, and black pepper and leather with a silky, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish with notes of stewed red cherry, cedar, sweet tobacco, and vanilla and cocoa nib with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A high quality blend that makes a great table wine to pair with a wide variety of foods.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: black currant, red cherry, and black pepper and leather
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of stewed red cherry, cedar, sweet tobacco, and vanilla and cocoa nib
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A high quality blend that makes a great table wine to pair with a wide variety of foods.

The Producer

Rodney Strong Vineyards

The Producer
11455 Old Readwood Highway
Healdsburg, CA 95448
USA
1 707-433-6521

Red Meritage

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Meritage (rhymes with "heritage") is a term coined in California to describe a blended wine made with Bordeaux varieties. While there could be a white Meritage, the term generally refers to a red wine, thus made with any combination of five grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.

Established in the 1980s, the concept of Meritage wines was initially greeted with a good deal of fanfare, but today, that excitement has waned. Most of the 100 plus wineries that make a Meritage-style wine are in California; many do not even use the term on the label, preferring their own fantasy name.

Meritage red wines age similarly to a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon and are best paired with red meats and game.