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Ironstone Reserve Cabernet Franc 2017


Seductive and full-bodied Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon exudes aromas of fresh berries, black currants and black cherries that are laced with eucalyptus, cedar and mint. Big and powerful, yet elegant, this Cabernet exhibits flavors of sweet dark blackberry and plum, with soft and creamy vanilla, and unique mineral qualities found only in wines produced in the Sierra Foothills.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
Located at 2,400 ft. above sea level, these grapes were estate-grown at the winery’s Hay Station Ranch vineyard, where warm days are cooled by the evening mountain air. The area’s unique soil of decomposed granite mixed with volcanic sediment and red clay produce a wonderful mineral component. Grapes have been grown in the Sierra Foothills for 150 years. 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. After undergoing extended fermentation and maceration, the wine was transferred into small oak barrels and placed into underground caverns to ensure a fuller, richer, finer wine of true varietal character. The Reserve 2018 Cabernet Franc is aged for 12 months in small French and American oak barrels, and is an elegant, rich yet soft wine.

Serving Hints
Serve at room temperature with grilled meats, lamb chops and strong cheeses. It is also an excellent choice for chocolate desserts such as a molten chocolate cake, bittersweet chocolate mousse, or a simple plate of homemade fudge.

Producer: Ironstone Vineyards
Region: Sierra Foothills, California
Country: United States
Wine Composition: 85% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petite Sirah, 4% Zinfandel, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
Total Acidity:5.3 G/L
Residual Sugar: 3.0 G/L
pH: 3.9

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
2013: 91 Pts - 'Cellar Selection' - Wine Enthusiast, May 2017
2010: 'Bronze Medal' - San Francisco International Wine Competition, 2015
2010: 89 Pts 'Silver Medal' - San Diego International Wine Competition, 2015
2009: “Gold Medal” Calaveras County Wine Competition, May 2012

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