Rodney Strong

Symmetry Meritage Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

9.068 ratings
9.16 pro ratings
Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Top Notes For
Michael Chelus

Blackberry, cherry cola, raspberry, vanilla, plum, mossy earth and oak. Good structure and velvety tannins.

Blackberry, cherry cola, raspberry, vanilla, plum, mossy earth and oak. Good structure and velvety tannins.

Oct 24th, 2017
Isaac Pirolo

Considering David Ramey has been consulting here since 2005, working with a winemaking team headed by Rick Sayre, whose history with Rodney Strong dates back to 1979 (with prior training under André Tchelistcheff), add to that a decent note from RP and the strong vintage, I had to pull the trigger on this at $30.

The shy aromatics hint at how tight this is on the palate initially. Blackberry, plum, and currant are wrapped inside charred cedar and dark mocha, and seasoned with tinge of something very close to Worcestershire or balsamic. The midpalate veers in a tart and herbaceous direction, with a high toned finish that feels unconventional, not to the point of being awkward, but certainly divisive in style. Needs a year or two, but if you have to open, give it 2 to 3 hours to let it stretch out.

Considering David Ramey has been consulting here since 2005, working with a winemaking team headed by Rick Sayre, whose history with Rodney Strong dates back to 1979 (with prior training under André Tchelistcheff), add to that a decent note from RP and the strong vintage, I had to pull the trigger on this at $30.

The shy aromatics hint at how tight this is on the palate initially. Blackberry, plum, and currant are wrapped inside charred cedar and dark mocha, and seasoned with tinge of something very close to Worcestershire or balsamic. The midpalate veers in a tart and herbaceous direction, with a high toned finish that feels unconventional, not to the point of being awkward, but certainly divisive in style. Needs a year or two, but if you have to open, give it 2 to 3 hours to let it stretch out.

Jan 25th, 2017
Peter Heidt

Trattoria Romana & always good...

Trattoria Romana & always good...

Mar 16th, 2021
Robert Henalt

Gorgeous deep color. Plum, raspberry some stone. Medium finish. Excellent now

Gorgeous deep color. Plum, raspberry some stone. Medium finish. Excellent now

Oct 12th, 2020
Magnus Kytta

Soft up front

Soft up front

Jan 11th, 2020
Jocholla

Beautiful Bordeaux style blend with a nice long new world finish.

Beautiful Bordeaux style blend with a nice long new world finish.

Mar 28th, 2018
Eric Zimmerman

Very fruity opening on the nose, give it a couple of minutes in the glass to fully develop before drinking.

Very fruity opening on the nose, give it a couple of minutes in the glass to fully develop before drinking.

Oct 22nd, 2017
Natalie Wurst Harris

Love it! Smooth and delicious!

Love it! Smooth and delicious!

Aug 4th, 2017
Jason McLaren

Good blend. But overpriced

Good blend. But overpriced

Jun 17th, 2017
Brenda Chance

2013 vintage definitely has lots of cherry but is a bit young and does not have the boldness of cab @ 78%.

2013 vintage definitely has lots of cherry but is a bit young and does not have the boldness of cab @ 78%.

May 15th, 2017