||10 months in French and American Oak
The Kautz Family grows the majority of its Syrah in two of Lodi’s sub-AVAs – Alta Mesa and Sloughhouse. Alta Mesa sits at elevations between 50 and 100 ft above sea level and is blessed with red clay loam soils. Sloughhouse reaches elevations up to 590 feet above sea level and has a more diverse topography complete with bedrock. It also has a slightly warmer climate than other parts of the Lodi appellation.
The warm, dry summers of Lodi create an ideal environment for growing intense Syrah. This generously rich red wine has a distinct dark berry and spicy aroma with flavors of lush berry, vanilla and a hint of dark chocolate. Medium-bodied with a smoky quality, this wine lingers in your mouth dancing on your taste buds.
An incredibly food-friendly wine, Syrah can match beautifully with rich seafood dishes as well as robust meat dishes with beef, sausages or peppered pork.
Sustainable Viticultural Practices: At Ironstone, we use crop reduction, leaf removal, organic materials, and drip irrigation to improve the quality and intensity of flavors. Cover crops, which attract beneficial insects, are also employed. In addition, we place owl and wood duck boxes around the vineyards and ponds helping to preserve the surrounding habitats.