The Symmetria Estate:
- Symmetria is the type of gem one always hopes to stumble upon. A husband and wife team with incredible talent, access to incredible vineyards, insatiable curiosity, high expectations, and wild dreams. Founded in 2015 by Mauricio and his wife Deniesse, the strength of these wines comes both from Mauricio's extensive background in oenology, as well as access to, and first pick of, some of the oldest remaining and most esteemed vineyard sites in Valle de Guadalupe. The principle source for their wines are vineyards originally planted by Russian immigrants in the early 1900's. Mauricio is the vineyard manager for these hallowed parcels and has, as part of his compensation, the right to have the first pick from the vineyards each vintage.
- 60% of the wines are made from their estate grapes.
- Their 'Syrah', a blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Malbec, is made in a 'natural' style. Fermented with native yeasts and minimal sulfites added.
- Their approach to wine making is to maintain a healthy environment for their vineyards, their family and their customers. To this end, they farm organic, make no corrections to pressed juice, and add compost to their soils annually from local sources constantly enriching the soils from which their grapes are derived.
- Symmetria works with 10 varieties of grapes derived from the following valleys:
Valle de Ojos Negros:
- Elevation: 2,200 ft
- Soil type: decomposed granite
- Vine age: 15 - 20 years
- Grape varieties: Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon
Valle de Guadalupe:
- Elevation: 1,100 ft
- Soil type: red clay/sandy loam
- Vine age: 50 - 80 years
- Grape varieties: Malbec, Chenin Blanc, French Colombard, Zinfandel, Grenache, Mission, Cabernet Franc, and Palomino
Total production: 6 wines, 400 cases
2017 Eje - Symmetria
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
One new to Mexican wine might assume that grapes commonly grown in warm weather regions of the Old World dominate, yet one would quickly find that this is not the case. That having been said, the occasional Aglianico or Zinfandel can be a real treat if it ends up in the right hands. That's certainly the case with the 2017 Eje by Symmetria, which is dominated by Zinfandel. Showing a brightness of fruit, backed and balanced by considerable tannin, this wine shows the tidier side of Zinfandel without curtailing its muscularity. The Cabernet, Syrah, and Malbec blended in, reveal just how important a diet based on diversity really is! Accessible on release, but capable of aging for a decade.
Drinking window: Now (30 min decant) - 10 years
60% Zinfandel, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 10% Malbec
Mauricio J. Soler - Mexican
The Cabernet and Syrah come from a vineyard site in Valle de Ojos Negros at an elevation of 2,200 ft. The soil is decomposed granite - vines are 20 years old.
The Zinfandel and Malbec come from a vineyard site in Valle de Guadalupe at and elevation of 1,100 ft. The soil is a red clay/sandy loam - vines are 50 - 80 years old.
Fermentation of each variety occured in seperate felxitanks over a period of 2 -3 weeks. Each variety was then racked into 1st 2nd or 3rd use French and American oak barrels depending on the aging approach Mauricio was aiming for. After aging for 12 months the wine was bottled and aged for another 9 months before release.
Organic, sustainable, some of the grapes are dry farmed