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Ironstone Chardonnay 2021


The Ironstone Chardonnay exhibits refreshing aromas of fresh green apples, citrus and tropical fruits. As it dances across the palate, light citrus layered with fresh peaches, fills the mouth as soft vanilla and oak notes linger. Good acidity gives it a crisp balance with a creamy, medium-length finish.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
The Kautz Family was the first to plant Chardonnay in the Lodi region and, today, they grow Chardonnay in several of Lodi’s sub-appellations, including Sloughhouse, Alta Mesa, and Mokelumne River. The grapes from these different vineyards, when combined, create a more complex wine than one location alone. The 2021 Chardonnay spent four months aging in new French and American oak.

The Kautz family has been promoting and working with sustainable viticulture for over 35 years. Crop reduction, leaf removal, organic materials and drip irrigation are used throughout the vineyards to improve the intensity of flavors and overall quality of the wine. Cover crops, which attract beneficial insects, are also employed. In addition, owl boxes and wood duck boxes are placed around the vineyards and ponds to help preserve the surrounding habitats.

Serving Hints

This Chardonnay is extremely versatile and pairs well with many types of cuisine. For a starter, try it with French onion soup. It’s a classic with fish and shellfish. Trout almandine and grilled scallops are also excellent pairing choices.

Producer: Ironstone Vineyards
Region:  Lodi, California
Country: United States  
Wine Composition: 100% Chardonnay  
Alcohol: 13.5%
Total Acidity: 4.9 G/L
Residual Sugar: 1.9 G/L
pH: 3.6

Press Highlights

2021: 90 Pts - Tasting Panel, Dec 2023
2017: 'Best Buy' - Wine & Spirits, Oct 2018
2015: 'Best Buy' - Wine Enthusiast, May 2017
2015: 'Best Buy' - Wine Enthusiast, May 2017
2014: 89 Pts - 'Best Buy' - Wine Enthusiast, April 2016
2013: 'Gold Medal' - Calaveras County Wine Competition 2015
2012: 'Bronze Medal' - Calaveras County Wine Competition, May 2014
2012: 'Best Buy' - Wine Enthusiast, Sept 2014
2010: 90 Pts - Justwinepoints.com, Mar 2012
Ironstone Vineyards 2012 Grower of the Year, John Kautz Family, California Association of Wine Grape Growers, Jan 2012
Ironstone Vineyards, 2011 Best of Lodi Award, US Commerce Association, Sept 2011
Ironstone Vineyards 2014 Top 25 Most Awesome Tasting Rooms in California, IntoWine, Michael Cervin, May 2014

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