Ironstone Vineyards is located east of Lodi in Calaveras County, in the Sierra Foothills. It may be an out-of-the-way stop, but there's a better than average chance you've had some of their brands, or at least seen them on the supermarket shelf.
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 Sauvignon Blanc Lodi 2017
The grapes for this white blend were grown in the Mokelumne AVA in southwest Lodi. The label shows a "sweetness meter" which points to "medium-dry." That is less surprising when you know that the wine is only 88% Sauvignon Blanc, with a healthy 12% portion of Viognier mixed with it. Alcohol is somewhat restrained at 13% abv, and the wine retails for $14.
This pale Lodi Sauvignon Blanc has a nose featuring earthy minerals and apricots. The palate shows citrus - mainly lemon and grapefruit - with a sweet edge. A great acidity goes along with the easy-sipping flavors. Pair this wine with with seafood, pork, chicken and bean dishes, or have it as an aperitif.
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