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Ironstone Petite Sirah 2018


A big, succulent, and rich red wine with a deep, dark purple inky color. Bold aromas of warm berry pie and blueberry are mixed with vanilla and light pepper spice. On the palate, it is full of lush berries mixed with dark chocolate, warm cedar, and vanilla – with a smooth finish and moderate tannins.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
The grapes for this Petite Sirah come from the Kautz family’s Teichert Ranch vineyard in the Sloughouse sub-appellation of the Lodi AVA. These well-drained soils contain large stones throughout – and are ideal for growing world-class grapes. 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 wine is aged four months in new French oak.

Serving Hints

Ironstone’s Petite Sirah is the perfect wine to serve with dishes like veal saltimbocca or braised beef with winter vegetables. Mushroom dishes are also ideal for Petite Sirah.

PRODUCER: Ironstone
COUNTRY: California
GRAPE VARIETY: 90% Petite Sirah, 10% Zinfandel
pH: 3.66
ALCOHOL: 13.5%

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
2015: Gold Medal - SF International Wine Competition, 2017
2014: Top 100 Best Buy Wines for 2015 - Wine Enthusiast, Nov 2016
2014: 90 Points 'Best Buy' - Wine Enthusiast, Mar. 2016
2013: ‘Best Buy’ Wine Enthusiast, Mar. 2015
2012: Winecurrent.com, April 23, 2014 
2010:  95 Points - Justwinepoints.com, March 2012               
2010: ‘Silver Medal’ San Francisco International Wine Competition, July 2012   
2010: ‘Bronze Medal’ Consumer Wine Awards, Lodi, April 2012

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