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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.
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...Read More About Ironstone
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...Read More About Other California
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...Read More About Merlot
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