The grapes come from the Kautz family’s Thornton Ranch property, closest Lodi AVA to the California Delta – a vast waterway that directly connects to the Pacific Ocean. These vineyards benefit the greatest from the daily ocean breezes. Ironstone practices sustainable viticultural 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 is aged in new French oak for three months.
This Pinot Noir is great to serve with dishes like cedar plank salmon, wild mushroom bruschetta, roasted chicken, pork roast, lamb chops, or game birds like duck or pheasant.
Producer: Ironstone Vineyards
Region: Lodi, California
Country: United States
Wine Composition: 85% Pinot Noir, 10% Shiraz, 5% Petite Sirah Alcohol: 13.5%
Total Acidity: 5.48 G/L
Residual Sugar: 2.0 G/L