The Kautz Family are fourth-generation growers, and the family-run winery is exactly that, where the corporate officers are known simply as John, Gail, Kurt and Jack.
Ironstone Chenin Blanc California 2016
This sustainable California Chenin Blanc is medium dry, but leans a bit to the dry side. The Lodi fruit was vinified in stainless steel tanks. Most of the grapes came from the Sloughhouse sub-appellation, with a small portion hailing from just west of the river in the Delta within the Clarksburg appellation. It tips the alcohol scale at 13.5% abv and it retails for $14.
The wine has a light greenish tint and offers a pleasing nose of peaches, cantaloupes and flowers. The palate follows suit, with stone fruit and melons and an easy acidity. The wine finishes sweet but crisp. This Chenin Blanc makes a great sipper for a summer on the porch, but also can pair with lighter fare like salads, seafoods and pasta dishes.