Ironstone Merlot 2003

Merlot from California

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First known for its role as a blending component in the great wines of Bordeaux, Merlot tends to have rounder, more forward fruit style with lower tannins. The 2003 Ironstone Vineyards Merlot was produced from grapes that were hand selected by our winemakers from family vineyards in Murphys and Lodi, California. Fully mature grapes were gently crushed and fermented in our new “Australian designed" rotary fermenters. This process moderates fermentation temperatures and allows for full color extraction and maximum flavor development without excessive heat or harsh tannin qualities. Oak aging has enriched the wines structure thereby guaranteeing its approachability at a young age.

The 2003 Ironstone Vineyards Merlot is a soft, medium bodied wine with low acidity and tannins. This vintage has delightful aromas of vanilla, ripe plums and a hint of licorice spice followed by rich fruit flavors of juicy cherries and blackberries. The finish is soft and round. 76% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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The story of Ironstone Vineyards started in the hands of John Kautz, a young row crop farmer from Lodi who saw the future in growing wine grapes in Lodi. With 12 acres in 1948, John quickly built an excellent reputation as a premium wine grape supplier, amassing over 5,000 acres of grapes in Lodi and the Sierra Foothills and eventually becoming one of the top ten wine grape growers...

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California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label: Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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