The Kautz Family has the most significant plantings of this unique grape variety, with vineyards located in both Lodi and Sierra Foothills AVAs. Symphony thrives in the mineral-rich soils of these regions. After traditional fermentation, Symphony is kept in stainless steel until bottling. The winery practices sustainable viticultural practices such as crop reduction, leaf removal, use of organic materials and drip irrigation to improve the quality of the grapes and intensity of flavors. Cover crops, which attract beneficial insects, are also employed, as well as the placement of owl and wood duck boxes around the vineyards and ponds to help preserve the surrounding habitats.
Symphony is a cross of Muscat of Alexandria and Grenache Gris. A seductively aromatic wine with a captivating nose of gardena, honeysuckle and star jasmine. The flavors are tropical, with peaches, pineapple and a hint of ginger, finishing off crisp and clean.
Ironstone’s “Obsession” Symphony is the ideal complement to many types of cuisine, especially ones on the spicy side, such as Pad Thai and other Thai dishes. The hot curry found in Indian cuisine also works will with this wine, as do grilled fruits.
‘Best Buy’ – WINE ENTHUSIAST, Nov. 2014 “Honey is the key word to describe the nose and flavor of this extremely aromatic and just slightly sweet wine, which also offers notes of honeysuckle and honeydew. Winemakers often turn the grape Symphony (a cross of Muscat of Alexandria and Grenache Gris) into a sweet, dessert-style wine, but this shows how good it can be in a drier version.”