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||Medium Red Wine
||9 months in French and American oak
Merlot grapes, for this vintage, were grown in several of Lodi’s sub-appellations as well as the Calaveras County growing region of the Sierra Foothills. These different locations provide diverse soils and climate that, when combined, create a more complex wine than one region alone
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.
The Ironstone 2009 Merlot boasts a complex and heady bouquet of ripe plums, black cherries, and violets with an undertone of sweet wood and green peppercorn. On the palate, this vintage exudes rich fruit flavors of juicy cherries and currants with soft caramel highlights. This luscious, medium-bodied red has soft tannins with a rounded well-balanced finish.
Our Merlot’s softer, fruit-forward style has a broad appeal and goes well with a variety of dishes. It is a perfect wine that will pair with red meats as well as pork and chicken dishes. Try a roasted pork loin with fennel tomato sauce.
15% Cabernet Sauvignon