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Ironstone Reserve Cabernet Franc 2020


This 2020 Reserve Cabernet Franc is an elegant, rich, yet soft wine. With fleshy black cherry, blackberry, and spicy oak aromas. This wine can be enjoyed now or cellared for a special occasion. On the palate, there are succulent, dark fruit flavors of plum, black cherry, and a hint of sweet oak. It offers a smooth, medium finish. It is also vegan-friendly.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
Located at 2,400 feet 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. This 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 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 quality and intensity of flavors. 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.

This reserve wine was aged for 12 months in small French & American oak barrels.

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, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.5%
Total Acidity: 5.7 G/L
Residual Sugar: 3.5 G/L
pH: 3.79

Press Highlights

2021: 92 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Jun 2024
2021: 91 Pts - James Suckling, May 2024
2020: 91 Pts - Wine & Spirits, Dec 2022 Winter Issue
2020: 90 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Mar 2023
2019: 92 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Feb 2022
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
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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