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Obsession Red 2019


Aromas take fold in an instant, with an incredible spiciness! Cloves and nutmeg; chocolate and vanilla beans give way to flavors of blueberries, plums, chocolate and mint that swirl in the mouth of this rich, well-balanced and full wine. The finish is bold and lengthy.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
The Kautz Family has the most significant plantings of this unique grape variety primarily in Lodi. Created at the University of California at Davis in 1948 by Dr. Harold Olmo, “Obsession” The Zinfandel and Merlot come from the Lodi (sub-AVA Mokelumne River) which is primarily Tokay fine sandy loam soils with some clay mixed in. The Petite Sirah comes from both our vineyards in Lodi and Murphys, which are full of iron and minerals. 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. After traditional fermentation, Symphony is kept in stainless steel until bottling.

Serving Hints
Obsession RED is especially tasty with grilled meats such as rib-eye, pork and barbecue chicken, in addition to slow-roasted vegetable stew or an intensely-flavored pasta with wild mushrooms. Vegetarian friendly. 

Producer: Ironstone Vineyards
Appellation: California
Country: United States
Wine Composition: 48% Zinfandel, 39% Petite Sirah, 13% Merlot
Alcohol: 13.5%
Total Acidity: 5.8 G/L
Residual Sugar: 7 G/L
pH: 3.69

Press Highlights

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
2012: ‘Double Gold’ - Calaveras County Wine Competition, 2013
2012: ‘Silver Medal’ - California State Fair Wine Competition, 2015
2011:  '19 California Values for $25 or Less' - Wine Spectator, Sept 2014
2011:  ‘Silver Medal’ - California State Fair Wine Competition, July 2013
2011:  ‘Silver Medal’ - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2013
2011:  97 Pts - JustWinePoints.com

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