Rodney Strong Symmetry with the Complexities of Gratitude

Thanksgiving weekend was at its end.  All the visiting family members were gone back to their homes, and my house was empty and quiet.

Amidst all the weekend activity, I found little time for gratitude.  Now, on a quiet Sunday evening, it was nice to ponder all for which I was grateful.  Good food… good drinks… good conversations… lots of laughter… joys but also disappointments… togetherness yet some division… the knowledge that none of us is perfect but all are worth cherishing.

Not just any wine would do for this time of acknowledging gratitude.  I chose the Rodney Strong Symmetry.

Symmetry is a blend of Bordeaux varietals, 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot, grown in Sonoma’s Alexander Valley.  The valley is inland enough to avoid the cooling influence of the ocean.  By planting on the hills that overlook the valley, vines can enjoy warmer temperatures during the sunny days, and cooler nights, for a perfect balance of fruit and acidity development.

Grapes are hand-harvested and each varietal is separately fermented and aged for about 6 months.  The blend is then assembled together and returned to barrels for further aging and integration for 12 to 18 months. The result of such meticulous attention and care is a well-integrated, ready-to-drink wine full of depth and complexity.

I decanted this deeply-colored red/purple wine to let it stretch a bit.

Aromas are ever-changing offering something new with every whiff.  Blackberry, black cherry and spice evolve with additional notes of cocoa, vanilla and smoky spice.

The texture is thick and velvety, holding rich flavors of dark fruits, plum, more chocolate and a spicy kick on the finish.  Everything lingers wonderfully along with an exotic sweet spice and comfortable tannins.

Symmetry’s layered depth was a worthy partner as I contemplated all the joys, complexities and complications of my most wonderful family during this Thanksgiving weekend.

About the author: Sue Navratil

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