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
2015 Syrah - Symmetria
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
Even if you are a lover of Syrah and know it well, you will still be surprised by this one. From a high elevation vineyard in the valley of Ojos Negros, Symmetria harvests this fruit and then lets it ferment in open tanks on the native yeasts present in the winery. The result is explosive, and the amplitude lies somewhere between the lithosphere and the Andromeda galaxy. While neither the nose nor the palate condense well into words, let it suffice to say that they are both structured and unique enough to astound you. This is particularly true of the palate, which has an acidity and collection of tart berries that is essentially off any known scale. For a wild ride, open this right away and marvel your way through an evening. On the other hand, there is no need to rush, there's a good chance that this one won't hit its ideal stride for 10 years and continue to evolve for the next 20.
Drinking window: Now (if you want a wild ride) - 30 years
Mauricio J. Soler - Mexican
Valle de Ojos Negros - Estate vineyards at 2,200 ft elevation with red clay and granite soils. Vines are 11 years old.
After pressing the juice was left to ferment in open air tanks for a period of 4 weeks. Once fermentation was complete the wine was moved to French oak barrels, (combination of 2nd use and neutral) and aged for 24 months.