Obsession Red 2017
Aromas take fold in an instant with an incredible spiciness! Cloves and nutmeg; chocolate and vanilla beans give way to flavors of blueberries, plums, chocolate and mint that swirl in your mouth of this rich, well-balanced and full wine. The finish is bold and lengthy.
Wanting to combine the sandy loam soils of Lodi with the iron-rich volcanic soils of the Sierra Foothills, the Kautz family utilized vineyards from both AVAs in the making of this wine. After traditional fermentation, Obsession Red is aged three months in French oak prior to bottling. The winery practices sustainable viticultural practices such as crop reduction, leaf removal, organic materials and drip irrigation to improve the quality of the grapes and intensity of flavors. Cover crops, which attract beneficial insects, are also employed, while owl and wood duck boxes are placed around the vineyards and ponds to help preserve the surrounding habitats.
Obsession RED is an ideal complement to many types of cuisine, but is especially tasty with grilled meats such as rib-eye, pork and
barbecue chicken, in addition to slow roasted veggie stew or an intensely flavored mirage of pasta with wild mushrooms.
Ironstone Vineyards 2012 Grower of the Year, John Kautz Family, California Association of Wine Grape Growers, Jan. 24, 2012
Ironstone Vineyards, 2011 Best of Lodi Award, US Commerce Association, Sept. 12, 2011
Ironstone Vineyards 2014 Top 25 Most Awesome Tasting Rooms in California, IntoWine, Michael Cervin, May 2014
2012: ‘Double Gold’ – Calaveras County Wine Competition, 2013
2012: ‘Silver Medal’ – California State Fair Wine Competition, 2015
2011: Wine Spectator - “19 California Values for $25 or Less”, Sept 22, 2014
2011: ‘Silver Medal’ California State Fair Wine Competition, July 2013
2011: ‘Silver Medal’ San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2013
2011: 97 Points JustWinePoints.com