2021 Ironstone Vineyards Petite Sirah

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2021 Ironstone Vineyards Petite Sirah

Ironstone Vineyards
93|TP, 92|JS
Regular price $13.99
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Succulent and rich, its rich, deep, dark purple inky color leads way to bold aromas of warm berry pie and loads of blueberry mixed with vanilla and a light pepper spice. Its full flavor of lush berries mixed with dark chocolate, warm cedar and vanilla gives way to a delightfully smooth finish with moderate tannins.

The Tasting Panel (93 pts):

"Complex, dark, and luscious with blackberry, blueberry, licorice, black pepper, cinnamon, and sage. On the palate, fruit-forward, conjuring up blackberry jam, with dark chocolate, mocha, vanilla, and caramel."

James Suckling (92 pts):

"Aromas of black and blue fruits followed by olive brine, baking spices, dark chocolate and subtle grilled meat notes. Full-bodied, firm yet ripe tannins with round acidity. A broad and encompassing wine with impressive balance and focus. Drink or hold."

California’s Sierra Foothills was identified as an AVA in 1987, but it’s been recognized as a prominent and respectable winemaking region since the Gold Rush era of the mid-19th century. And the Kautz family, who settled near the Sierra Foothills in Lodi in 1926, had a lot to do with building the reputation of both areas.

Frederick and Marie Kautz came to America from Germany, buying farmland in Lodi which they began farming in 1940. Their son, John, switched to grape-growing in 1968, and quickly built an excellent reputation as a premium grape supplier. In 1988, John and his wife Gail, along with their children, Stephen, Kurt, Joan and Jack, built a state-of-the-art winery and entertainment facility in the town of Murphys, the heart of the Gold Rush era, producing their first vintage in 1989. They followed this purchase with Bear Creek, one of the oldest continuously running wineries in Lodi, in 1997.

Their vineyard holdings grew exponentially over the next 30 years, to 7,000 acres in both the Sierra Foothills and Lodi. The Kautz family were even the first to plant Chardonnay grapes in the region. And since their inception, they’ve committed to sustainable viticultural practices, ensuring the utmost respect is paid to the environment. In fact, John was the first to instigate an integrated pest management system in Lodi, which many in the region still follow today.

Ironstone’s location in Calaveras County, affectionately known as the “Queen of the Sierras,” boasts mineral-rich, volcanic terroir, ideal for growing the wide range of varieties that run the gamut, from Chenin Blanc to Zinfandel. Recent accolades include “best of class” for their 2020 Lodi Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel and “double gold” for their 2020 Sierra Foothills Reserve Estate Grown Cabernet Franc from the esteemed San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Acidity: 6.5 G/L
Sugar: 2.8 G/L
PH: 3.58
Alcohol content: 14.5%

Vintage: 2021

Style: Red Wine

Varietal: 90% Petite Sirah, 5% Syrah, 5% Teroldego

Appellation: Lodi

Winemaker: Ironstone Vineyards

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