Flora “A SÉMILLON × GEWÜRZTRAMINER cross bred by Harold P Olmo in 1938 at the University of California at Davis, US, and released in 1958 (Walker 2000).”
The wine is more about texture and round fruity body, floral characteristics are in the background, and overall seems more Semillon dominate. Satisfying and enjoyable. Interested in the sweet wine version “Nectar of the Goddess”, which is a blend of estate Flora and Symphony.
Excerpt From: Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding & José Vouillamoz. “Wine Grapes.” Apple Books. https://books.apple.com/us/book/wine-grapes/id694429041 — 5 months ago
Not fully translucent. Good spice on the nose, black pepper, eucalyptus, menthol, and some prune hidden in the background. Tannins are lush and delicate with acidity pouring down the tip of the tongue. That eucalyptus and menthol combo hits upfront on the palate with rainbow peppercorn following. There’s blackberry there and a touch of dusty dry dirt. That’s about it...lacks a bit of depth. — 3 months ago
Big bold California but well balanced and very ageable. I would prefer to drink this in 10 years. Good structure but very young. Too young to drink to the maximum at this point, yet still very enjoyable. Baking spice and juicy plum. Buy now and cellar! — 5 months ago
Lively fruit, solid Pinot, good palate — 6 months ago
Rich and oppulent but with underlying freshness as well made chardonnays from this part of California so often possess. 59% new oak is more than what I usually like, but this is a well crafted wine and the oak was integrated just right. Excited to try another bottle. — 9 months ago
Pretty good. Held up over 2 days. — 4 months ago
The better of the bunch. At 7 years old it developed the best so far and held its structure. I’ve come to find Byron drinks better in the near term. Nose of cherry, cinnamon, a touch of clove, and tree bark. This one still may have life left...the tannins hit the outside rim of the tongue and acidity coats the entire top, rushing down the sides. It drinks light to medium and was nice with a slight chill. The palate hits with cinnamon, clove and cherry again. There’s a little dry earth, crimini mushroom element that pops up in the finish. Tasty stuff. — 4 months ago
Symphony “A GARNACHA ROJA × MUSCAT OF ALEXANDRIA cross bred by Harold P Olmo in 1940 at the University of California at Davis and released in 1983 (Walker 2000).”
My first introduction to Symphony was at Scott Harvey in Plymouth, CA. Jana Wines series “One Last Kiss” white blend (Chardonnay, Mendocino Riesling, Symphony, New York Cayuga). Floral & off-dry, Delicious blend, repeat purchase at the winery.
My next introduction at Michael David in Lodi.
“ These estate grown grapes are some of the first plantings of its varietal in the state.” Floral & Fruity, Lodi fruit, 11% ABV, Love the Muscat qualities, repeat purchase at the winery.
Now, Maple Creek Winery - Artevino - Estate Symphony. Its nice to see Symphony from a cooler climate. White floral, grapefruit & lemon, zippy acidity. Nice seafood wine. 13.4% ABV, would be interested in a sparkling version. Textbook wine, pull up the Symphony page on wine-searcher.com :)
Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding & José Vouillamoz
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Michael David Winery
2019-MDW-SYMPHONY-6 — 5 months ago