Saturday, August 1, 2009

2002 Rapazzini Winery Symphony

Rapazzini winery sits alongside the 101 in Gilroy. You can't miss signs featuring a cartoon grape stomper and proclaiming "Home of the world famous garlic wine". The winery was founded by the Rapazzini brothers in 1962; they later opened the Garlic Shoppe next door. In 2000 Jon retired and sold the businesses to Alex and Charles Larson.

The name Symphony rung a bell, but at first I couldn't recall why. A little research showed that it's a cross between Muscat of Alexandria and Grenache Gris, created at UC Davis in the 1940s but not launched commercially until the early 1980s. It's supposed to resemble Muscat, with a more perfumed nose and vibrant citrus flavours.

This may be true, but in my experience floral nose and vibrant fruit tend to be casualties of extended ageing, and this is what has happened here. The wine reminds me of an older Sauvignon Blanc; while it has citrus and butterscotch notes, the nose is muted and any vibrancy has long gone. 80


Wes Barton said...

It would be interesting to try their current release. Ironstone's version is pretty good - floral with a touch of gris mouthfeel.