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Ironstone Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel 2019


Rich and supple, this generous Zinfandel (with grapes coming from five different old vine vineyards) offers plush aromas and flavors of ripe blackberries, pepper and chocolate, finishing with well-rounded tannins and a lingering dark fruit finish.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
The grapes for this “old vines” Zinfandel come from the Mokelumne River sub-appellation in Lodi AVA (on twisted, gnarly, head-trained vines between 60 and 80 year’s old that are 10 - 85 feet above sea level). It’s a classic Mediterranean climate with an alluvial fan of sandy loam and sandy soil-- well- drained soils that are ideal for growing world-class wine grapes. It is a “prairie” environment, with a cool afternoon wind moderated by the Delta breezes. 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. All grapes are hand-harvested and delivered to the winery in small lots that are crushed and undergo cold-soaking for two days before the start of fermentation. After pressing and secondary fermentation is completed, the wine is transferred into small French oak barrels to finish malolactic fermentation. Twelve month’s aging takes place in the winery’s underground caverns, at a natural temperature of around 60 degrees to ensure a fuller, richer wine of true varietal character.

Serving Hints

Ironstone Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel works best with hearty dishes and roasted meats, like Roast Beef or Pork Roasts.

Producer: Ironstone Vineyards
Region: Lodi, California
Country: United States
Wine Composition: 87% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah
Alcohol: 15.0%
Total Acidity: 5.2 G/L
Residual Sugar: 3.4 G/L
pH: 3.84

Press Highlights

2019: 90 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Feb 2022
2013: 90 Pts - 'Editor's Choice' - Wine Enthusiast, Feb. 2016
2012: 90 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Feb. 2015
2012: 'Bronze Medal' - California Zinfandel Championship Awards 2014
2010: 'Gold Medal'  - Calaveras County Wine Competition, May 2013
2010: 'Bronze Medal' - San Francisco International Wine Competition, July 2013
2010:  91 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Sept. 2014
2010:  88 Pts - Robert Whitley’s Critic’s Challenge, Oct. 2014
2010:  88 Pts - “Critics Gold” Robert Whitley’s Critic’s Challenge, Aug. 2014
Ironstone Vineyards 2012 Grower of the Year, John Kautz Family, CA 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 CA,  IntoWine, Michael Cervin, May 2013

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