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Obsession Red 2016


Initially, the aromas when you open the bottle is of incredible spiciness. Additional hints of nutmeg and cloves along with chocolate and vanilla beans give way to bursting flavors of blueberries, dark red fruits with hints of mint and chocolate. This is a rich, full-bodied wine with a bold and lingering finish.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
The vineyards were selected from the family’s Estate vineyards in Lodi and Sierra Foothills AVAs, with the sandy loam soils of Lodi mixing with the iron-rich volcanic soils of the Sierra Foothills. After traditional fermentation, Obsession Red is aged three months in French oak prior to bottling. 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.

Serving Hints
Ironstone’s “Obsession” Red works best with many types of cuisine, but especially with grilled meats such as steaks, pork and BBQ Chicken, in additional to slow-roasted vegetable stew or an intensely-flavored pasta with a variety of wild mushrooms.

PRODUCER: Ironstone
REGION: Sierra Foothills and Lodi
GRAPE VARIETY: 50% Merlot, 40% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah
pH: 3.51
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
2012: ‘Double Gold’ – Calaveras County Wine Competition, 2013
2012: ‘Silver Medal’ – California State Fair Wine Competition, 2015
2011:  Wine Spectator - “19 California Values for $25 or Less”, Sept 22, 2014
2011:  ‘Silver Medal’ California State Fair Wine Competition, July 2013
2011:  ‘Silver Medal’ San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2013
2011:  97 Points JustWinePoints.com

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