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Ironstone Cabernet Franc 2018

Overview

Cabernet Franc is an ancient French grape varietal linked as one of Cabernet Sauvignon’s parent grapes (crossed with Sauvignon Blanc) Well balanced and medium-bodied. Expressive aromas of bright red berry fruits mixed with a light spice and a hint of fresh herbs lead to flavors of red cherry and raspberry, with vanilla-oak undertones.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
The grapes come from two Lodi sub-AVAs – Alta Mesa and Sloughhouse. Alta Mesa sits at elevations between 50 and 100 feet above sea level and is blessed with red clay and loam soils. Sloughhouse reaches elevations up to 590 feet above sea level with a more diverse topography, complete with bedrock and slightly warmer climate. The winery practices sustainable viticultural practices such as crop reduction, leaf removal, organic materials and drip irrigation to improve the quality of the grapes and intensity of flavors. Cover crops, which attract beneficial insects, are also employed, as well as the placement of owl and wood duck boxes around the vineyards and ponds to help preserve the surrounding habitats. After traditional fermentation, the Cabernet Franc is aged for 2 months in new French oak.


Serving Hints

Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled with grilled meats, fowl (turkey, chicken), roasted pork tenderloin, as well as rich, dark chocolate desserts.



Producer: Ironstone Vineyards
Region:  Lodi
Country: United States  
Wine Composition: 85% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot
Alcohol: 14.5%
Total Acidity: 5.9 G/L
Residual Sugar: 2.5 G/L
pH: 3.54

Press Highlights

Ironstone Vineyards 2012 Grower of the Year, John Kautz Family, California Association of Wine Grape Growers, Jan. 24, 2012
Ironstone Vineyards, 2011 Best of Lodi Award, US Commerce Association, Sept. 12, 2011
Ironstone Vineyards 2014 Top 25 Most Awesome Tasting Rooms in California,  IntoWine, Michael Cervin, May 2014
2014: 'Best Buy' Wine Enthusiast, June 2016
2013: 'Best Buy' Wine Enthusiast, Aug 2014
2013: Silver - Calaveras County Wine Competition, May 2015
2013: Washington Post, Feb. 2015
2011: 89 Pts “Best Buy” Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 2014
2011: ‘Gold Medal’ San Francisco International Wine Competition, Jul 2014 
2011:  Silver - SAKURA 2014, Japan Women’s Wine Awards, Mar. 4, 2014
2010:  Sacramento Bee, Jan. 4, 2012
“…an unusually frisky interpretation of the varietal. The color is a stunningly bright and deep garnet,
while the smell and flavor is fresh and forward with black fruit, green herbs and ticklish spices. Its wiry
build and zesty finish suggest European more than California.”


 
 
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