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Date Printed: 4/30/2017
Ironstone Merlot 2007
Ironstone Merlot 2007
(search item no. 97937)

PRICE ON 4/30/2017: $8.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 79% Merlot, 10% Petite Sirah, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc.

The Ironstone Merlot boasts a complex and heady bouquet of ripe plums, black cherries, and violets with an undertone of sweet wood and green peppercorn. On the palate, this vintage exudes rich fruit flavors of juicy cherries and currants with soft caramel highlights. This luscious, medium-bodied red has soft tannins with a rounded well-balanced finish.

Our Merlot's softer, fruit-forward style has a broad appeal and goes well with a variety of dishes. Because of its softness, it is a perfect crossover wine that will pair great with red meats as well as pork and chicken dishes. Try a roasted pork loin with fennel tomato sauce.

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About Ironstone:

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 in California.

In 1988, John, his wife Gail and their children dedicated themselves to the creation of a wine of their own. While still maintaining grape sales to top wineries around the world, they brought award-winning winemaker Steve Millier aboard to launch Kautz wines, which would evolve into Ironstone Vineyards, a wine brand dedicated to the production of exceptional wines of unparalleled quality, outstanding value and everyday approachability.

In 1989, using dynamite, pick axes and shovels, a crew of miners carved through limestone and Calaveras Schist Rock on Gail’s family ranch in Murphys, California and fashioned the site of Ironstone’s wine aging caverns, which in the beginning, also served as the facility’s first tasting room., Ironstone Wines and the Ironstone Winery have each grown and become famous in their own way. John, Gail and each of their four children - Stephen, Kurt, Jack, and Joan - remain actively involved in the growth of both the winery facility and the wine brand.