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Ironstone Merlot 2018


The Ironstone 2018 Merlot is bursting with luscious fruit and soft tannins, for excellent “drinkability.” Rich, ripe black cherry and black plums leads to a hint of vanilla and toast. Flavors of currents with juicy dark fruit and spicy cedar ends with a rounded, well-balanced and complex finish.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
Merlot grapes for this vintage were grown in several of Lodi’s sub-appellations including Alta Mesa, Sloughhouse, Mokelumne River, and Jahant. These different locations provide diverse soils and climate that, when combined, create a more complex wine than coming from one vineyard alone. Ironstone practices sustainable viticulture, 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. The wine spends two months’ aging in new French oak.

Serving Hints

The softer, fleshier “fruit-forward” nature of this wine makes it a perfect accompaniment to baked pasta dishes such as lasagna, spicy rice dishes like jambalaya, hearty bean dishes with bacon or smoked ham, roast turkey and even grilled salmon or other dense fish, in tomato-based sauces.

Producer: Ironstone Vineyards
Region:  Lodi
Country: United States  
Wine Composition: 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 14.5%
Total Acidity: 5.4 G/L
Residual Sugar: 3.0 G/L
pH: 3.51

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
2012: Bronze - Los Angeles International Wine Competition, 2014
2011: 96 Points - Justwinepoints.com
2011: Silver - Calaveras County Wine Competition, May 2013

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