2009 Symmetry Meritage 6L

Reserve

Winemaking Notes

The 2009 Symmetry greets you with an opulent bouquet of blackberries, currants, sweet spices, and a hint of violet blossom, and unfolds on the palate with layers of black fruits, dark chocolate and spice. This mouth-filling wine is rich and silky in texture, with the backbone for years in the cellar. It manages to be at once harmonious, concentrated, and elegant, with a long and powerful finish. Intended to be enjoyable on release, the 2009 Symmetry is destined for evolution in the bottle. Savor it!

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History

Celebrating the esteemed art of blending, Symmetry captures the essence of the Alexander Valley. With 40 years experience growing classic French grape varieties here, we select our best Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and other traditional Bordeaux grapes from the hills that overlook the valley, where well-drained rocky soils combine with warm, sunny days and cool nights to provide ideal growing conditions. Select areas within each vineyard are hand harvested individually, fermented separately,
and aged in the finest French oak barrels. After about six months, each lot is tasted and graded, and only the highest graded wines are considered for Symmetry. The blend is then assembled, and the wine is returned to barrels to facilitate flavor integration. The wine is aged an additional 12 to 18 months, depending on the vintage, before bottling.

The Vineyards

For the third year in a row, the 2009 vintage started off with a dry spring, which typically produces smaller clusters, smaller berries, and less canopy overall. Spring was mild enough to ward off frost this year, and vines affected from the previous year seemed to rebound. The main growing season was cool to warm and without incident. Picking commenced the third of September, and all of our Symmetry components were harvested by October 30th.

$616

Appellation:

Alexander Valley

Varietal:

79% Cabernet, 14% Malbec, 6% Merlot, 1% Cab Franc

Alcohol:

15.5%

TA:

0.60 g/100mL

PH:

3.65

Cellar & Fermentation:

22 months in 100% French oak barrels

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