2005 Ironstone Vineyards Symphony Obsession

Price: $5.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per sfgate.com Let’s conclude this tour of beautiful lightweights with two delicious oddities. The Symphony grape, a cross between Grenache Gris and Muscat of Alexandria, was developed by the late UC Davis viticulture professor Harold Olmo; the university patented Symphony in 1983. The idea was to add refreshing citrus fruit-like acidity to the floral character of Muscat. It has been slow to catch on, however, with only 911 acres planted in the state in 2005, according to the CASS.

The 2005 Ironstone Vineyards Obsession California Symphony ($8) is a nice tribute to Olmo’s memory. Its aroma is strongly floral, with some star anise. It’s very slightly sparkling (“frizzante” is the technical term), and its flavors are reminiscent of a good Gewurztraminer: strongly floral, with notes of Meyer lemon and prickles of pepper on the finish.

What I Think:

Wow, interesting histroy behind this one. As mentioned this is a mix of muscat and grenache gris (not sure what this is). I didn’t get the sparkling at all, did get the Gewurzt though. Flavors of peach stand out above all else initially. This makes it sweeter up front but it later fades to a tingly but non-tannic finish. The winery lists this at $8 a bottle and for $6 it is certainly worth the price of admission. Everyone should give it a try; even without the novelty this is a wine worth drinking.

Rating: Buy it