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Ironstone Vineyards Zinfandel Napa Valley Old Vine Reserve 2004

External Review by Appellation America:

John Kautz, formerly a row crop farmer in Lodi who wisely invested in vineyard land there as well as in the Sierra Foothills, owns and operates Ironstone Vineyards along with his wife Gail and their four children. Steve Millier is winemaker. The winery produces California appellation wines and a Reserve line under the Ironstone label, including Bordeaux and Rhone varietals as well as Chardonnay, and a wine from the Symphony grape, Obsession.The family also owns the Sonoma Creek brand, and recently launched Dog Tail, a range of vintage and non-vintage California appellation varietals and blends. Bright ruby red with magenta highlights, this rich old vine Zinfandel is very viscous in the glass. Top notes of brambleberry, blackberry jam, braised beef, bacon, Asian Five Spice, and menthol are balanced with subtle undercurrents of barnyard funk. Full bodied and richly fruity with bright notes of cherry and raspberry on the palate, juicy acidity counteracts richness and encourages another sip. Oak tannins are supple and well-integrated. The finish is luscious with vanilla and berry notes. Enjoy with empanadas, coffee-bean coated rib eyes, baby back ribs, or crispy duck.

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Ironstone Vineyards:
Nestled against the Sierra Foothills, in the heart of California’s scenic Gold Rush Country, Ironstone Vineyards will surprise and delight you with a winery that places as much emphasis on the natural beauty and history of our surroundings, as we do on the quality of our wines. Tantalize your senses and explore our award-winning wines in our Tasting Room and Gourmet Delicatessen, rustic and el... Read more
Nestled against the Sierra Foothills, in the heart of California’s scenic Gold Rush Country, Ironstone Vineyards will surprise and delight you with a winery that places as much emphasis on the natural beauty and history of our surroundings, as we do on the quality of our wines. Tantalize your senses and explore our award-winning wines in our Tasting Room and Gourmet Delicatessen, rustic and elegant with its monumental 42-foot stone fireplace and historic oak bar. Wind your way through The Heritage Museum and Jewelry Shoppe , where fine jewelry and objects d’art are intertwined with a collection of gold rush treasures, including a rare, one of a kind, forty-four pound Crystalline Gold Leaf Specimen - the largest in the world! Read less

External Reviews for Ironstone Vineyards Zinfandel Napa Valley Old Vine Reserve

External Review
Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

John Kautz, formerly a row crop farmer in Lodi who wisely invested in vineyard land there as well as in the Sierra Foothills, owns and operates Ironstone Vineyards along with his wife Gail and their four children. Steve Millier is winemaker. The winery produces California appellation wines and a Reserve line under the Ironstone label, including Bordeaux and Rhone varietals as well as Chardonnay, and a wine from the Symphony grape, Obsession.The family also owns the Sonoma Creek brand, and recently launched Dog Tail, a range of vintage and non-vintage California appellation varietals and blends. Bright ruby red with magenta highlights, this rich old vine Zinfandel is very viscous in the glass. Top notes of brambleberry, blackberry jam, braised beef, bacon, Asian Five Spice, and menthol are balanced with subtle undercurrents of barnyard funk. Full bodied and richly fruity with bright notes of cherry and raspberry on the palate, juicy acidity counteracts richness and encourages another sip. Oak tannins are supple and well-integrated. The finish is luscious with vanilla and berry notes. Enjoy with empanadas, coffee-bean coated rib eyes, baby back ribs, or crispy duck.




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