The Kautz family have been involved in grape growing since 1948, when John Kautz purchased 12 acres of vineyards in Lodi, California. The initial 12 acres soon spread, and today the Kautz family has over 5,000 acres in Lodi and the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Kautz Wines eventually evolved into Ironstone Vineyards, a name that is associated with fine California wines.
Symphony is a modern grape variety that was developed in California in 1948 at the University of California at Davis. The Symphony grape variety is a cross between Muscat of Alexandria and Grenache Gris. The Kautz family has the most significant plantings of this variety throughout Lodi and the Sierra Foothills.
In the glass the color of the wine is a light golden, and the primary aromas are floral in nature, with peach blossom, orange blossom, and a hint of citrus. The flavor profile was of peach blossom and citrus, with a light effervescence that made this a wonderful drinking wine. The slight residual sugar found in the wine lends itself to spicy food, such as Indian or Thai. This newer, modern day grape variety was light and refreshing, and worth trying.