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Kautz Family Vineyards Ironstone Vineyards

6111 E. Armstrong Road, 95240 Lodi, CA
USA

Telephone +1 209 369-1911
joankautz@ironstonevineyards.com

This company is co-exhibitor of
Wine Institute of California

Trade fair hall

  • Hall 9 / C06-1
 Interactive hall map

Hall map

ProWein 2017 hall map (Hall 9): stand C06-1

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ProWein 2017 fairground map: Hall 9

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Wines (according to cultivable areas)
  • 01.03  NORTH AMERICA
  • 01.03.03  USA
  • 01.03.03.01  California

Our products

Product category: California

2014 Cabernet Franc

Tasting Notes
85% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyard Notes
The Kautz Family grows the majority of its Cabernet Franc in two of Lodi’s sub-AVAs; Alta Mesa and Sloughhouse. Alta Mesa sits at elevations between 50 and 100 ft above sea level and is blessed with red clay loam soils. Sloughhouse reaches elevations up to 590 feet above sea level with has a more diverse topography, complete with bedrock, and slightly warmer climate.

Winemaker Notes
Cabernet Franc is an ancient French grape varietal, genetically traced as one of Cabernet Sauvignon’s parent grapes (crossed with Sauvignon Blanc). Our signature Cabernet Franc, is known for its balance and medium body. Expressive aromas of bright red berry fruits mixed with a light spice and a hint of fresh herbs leads to flavors of red cherry and raspberry with vanilla-oak undertones.

Food Pairing Notes
Cabernet Franc is a great wine to accompany any number of dishes. Grilled red meats and game are perfectly suited for this wine as well as roasted pork tenderloin. It’s also amazing with rich dark chocolate desserts.

Wine Specs
Vintage 2014
Appellation Lodi
pH 3.33
Aging 2 Months New French Oak
Residual Sugar 1.7 grams/liter
Alcohol % 13.5

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Product category: California

2014 Chenin Blanc

Tasting Notes
100% Chenin Blanc

Vineyard Notes
In 2012, the Kautz Family planted their first Chenin Blanc in Lodi. This wine comes primarily from Lodi's Sloughhouse sub-appellation, with a small portion that comes just west of the river in the Delta within the Clarksburg appellation. These well drained soils, each with their own unique qualities are ideal for growing world-class wine grapes.

Winemaker Notes
This 2014 medium-bodied Chenin Blanc has aromas of Bosc pears, honeydew, light guava and a lovely flint-mineral character. These intense aromas are followed by flavors of pear, white peach, lemon-zest and citrus that finishes crisp, plush and mouth-filling.

Food Pairing Notes
This Chenin Blanc is great as an aperitif or served with goat cheese stuffed chicken, seared tuna steaks, chicken curry, grilled shrimp, soft-shelled crab or a lovely watercress salad.

Wine Specs
Vintage 2014
Appellation Lodi
pH 3.37
Fermentation 100% Stainless Steel
Residual Sugar 1.3 grams/liter
Alcohol % 13.5

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Product category: California

2013 Reserve Cabernet Franc

Tasting Notes
90% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petite Sirah

Vineyard Notes
Located at 2400 ft. above sea level, these grapes are estate-grown at our Hay Station Ranch vineyard where warm days are cooled by the evening mountain air. This areas unique soil of decomposed granite mixed with volcanic sediment and red clay produce a wonderful mineral component. Grapes have been grown in the Sierra Foothills for 150 years.

Winemaker Notes
The Reserve 2013 Cabernet Franc is an elegant, rich yet soft wine. With fleshy black cherry, blackberry and spicy oak aromas this seductive Cabernet Franc is worth drinking now or cellaring for a special occasion. Succulent, dark fruit flavors of plum, black cherry with a hint of sweet oak fills the palate and gives way to a smooth, medium finish.

Food Pairing Notes
Cabernet Franc is a surprising wine that pairs well with both light and hearty dishes. It’s an excellent choice for chicken Marsala, roasted pork with apple stuffing and roasted or grilled red meats. It can also be a great starter with a salad of sliced Anjou pears with roasted walnuts and blue cheese crumbles.

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About us

Company details

The story of Ironstone Vineyards started in the hands of John Kautz, a young row crop farmer from Lodi who saw the future in growing wine grapes in Lodi. With 12 acres in 1948, John quickly built an excellent reputation as a premium wine grape supplier, amassing over 5,000 acres of grapes in Lodi and the Sierra Foothills and eventually becoming the "2012 Grower of the Year" by the California Association of Winegrape Growers. 

Fourth generation family growers, the Kautz family’s philosophy is that “quality wine grapes, a touch of artistry and patience create captivating elegant wines”.  By practicing Sustainable Viticultural Winegrowing, we are reducing water use, building healthy soil, pest management and maintaining the surrounding wildlife habitat.  Steve Millier, our Winemaker since 1989, understands each grape variety and how it develops during the growing season along with the effect that the soil and climate bring from both the Lodi and Sierra Foothills vineyards.  The results are award winning, modern, fruit-flavored wines in Ironstone’s Classic range and intense full-bodied wines in our Reserve range.  Distribution includes the United States as well as over 50 countries spread throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America. 

The next big step for Ironstone was the creation of a “homesite,” a winery and visitors center that would exemplify the Kautz family commitment to excellence, and provide an environment that would reach beyond the world of winemaking to include the support all of the cultural arts. 

Ironstone takes its name from the impossibly hard schist and limestone formations from which the winery’s foundation and companion caverns were blasted and drilled.  In 1989, the Kautz family assembled a crew of professional miners to blast, pick and shovel their way through the solid limestone and schist rock hillside of Gail's family ranch in Murphys, California.  

Humble beginnings for what has now become California’s largest winery entertainment complex.

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