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Ironstone Old Vine Zinfandel 2017


This medium-bodied Zin has exceptional varietal characteristics, with lovely aromas of dark fruit and blackberry. Subtle pepper spice mingles with richly concentrated fruit flavors of blackberry, ripe plums and fresh red raspberries. Barrel aging created its smooth, silky finish and unprecedented depth.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
Lodi has become the self-proclaimed “Zin” capital of the world, producing over 40% of California-grown Zins. The grapes for this “old vines” Zinfandel come from the Mokelumne River sub- appellation in Lodi AVA, where the vines are over 45 years old. 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. The wine is aged in French oak for three months.

Serving Hints

Ironstone’s “Old Vines” Zinfandel is works well with a variety of dishes, including most meats (pork, beef, game) and some hearty stews and seafood, like Cioppino (traditional Italian fish stew), tomato-based pastas and strong, aged cheeses.

PRODUCER: Ironstone
REGION: Lodi, California
GRAPE VARIETY: 95% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah
pH: 3.78
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
2014: 'Best Buy' - Wine Enthusiast, Mar. 2016
2013: ‘Silver Medal’ California Zinfandel Championship Awards 2014   
2013: ‘Bronze Medal’ San Francisco International Wine Competition, July 2014   
2013: 'Silver Medal' - San Diego International Wine Competition 2015
2013: 'Silver Medal' - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2015
2012:  89 Pts “Best Buy” Wine Enthusiast, Sept. 2014
2012:  Silver - San Francisco International Wine Competition, July 2013
2012: Silver - California State Wine Competition, July 2014
2012: Bronze - Los Angeles International Wine Competition, 2014
2012:  Vintages Panel, Ontario, Canada, May 10, 2014
2011:  Silver – California State Fair Wine Competition, July 2013
2011:  Bronze – International Wine Challenge, May 2013
2011:  Judges Choice –Wine Access Value Wine Awards, 2012
2011:  3 1/2 out of 4 stars –WineCurrent.com, Jan. 17, 2013

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