The Kautz Family are fourth-generation growers, not unusual in that part of the state, and the family-run winery’s corporate officers are known simply as John, Gail, Kurt and Jack.
Ironstone Pinot Noir Lodi 2017
The 2017 Ironstone Pinot Noir shows as almost medium-dry on the back label scale. The wine spent only three months in new French oak, hits 13.5% in alcohol and sells for $14.
This Lodi Pinot colors up medium dark ruby n the glass. The nose features black cherry, tea and light spices, while the palate is borderline bold, with cherry, raspberry, clove and cola. It's a bit brawny for my taste in this grape, but it is easy drinking with light tannins and a smooth dark finish. The winery suggests you try it with cedar plank salmon, mushroom dishes, pork, lamb or game birds.
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