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Ironstone Reserve Rous Zinfandel 2016


Multi-dimensional in aromas and flavors, this wine is generous and rich, offering plush, ripe blackberries, brown spices, clove, caramel and slight vanilla, 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 Rous Vineyards, with vines grafted entirely from St. George rootstock, planted in 1909. These twisted, gnarly, head-trained vines yield grapes with an incredible concentration of flavors. The growing season was fairly mild, with a cool to normal summer without precipitation. There were no extended heat spells and the temperature remained constant throughout. Warm days combined with the cool Pacific Ocean breezes coming through daily in Lodi’s unique microclimate created excellent growing conditions, giving the wine full flavors, intense color and balanced acidity. Fully mature grapes are hand-harvested and fermented in small rotary fermenters. After undergoing extended fermentation and maceration, the newly-pressed wine is transferred into small French oak barrels and placed in the winery’s underground caverns, at a constant natural temperature of 60 degrees for ten month’s aging.

Serving Hints

Ironstone’s Reserve Rous “Old Vines” Zinfandel (Centennial Vintage) is a natural for sipping on its own, or with hearty foods like roasts, game stews and big, juicy steaks.

PRODUCER: Ironstone
COUNTRY: California
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Zinfandel
pH: 3.82
ALCOHOL: 14.5%

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
2013: 89 Pts Wine Enthusiast, Feb. 2016
2012: 90 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, May 2015
2010: ‘Gold Medal’ San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2014
2009:  ‘Gold Medal’ Best of the Bay & Zin Challenge, May 29, 2012

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