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Red Blend, 2017. Stone Valley

Red Blend, 2017. Stone Valley

Item #: C0720R2DC
Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Red Blend
Vineyard/Appellation: California
Color: Deep Garnet
Nose: Black Cherry
Palate: Rich Cassis
Finish: Medium Tannins
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2026/Red Meat/13.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Stone Valley is made by Ironstone Vineyards in Lodi, a family-owned and operated winery that places as much emphasis on the natural beauty and history of their surroundings as they do on the quality of their wines. It was founded in 1927, during prohibition, but didn't begin growing grapes for wine until 1934.

Ironstone is a state-of-the-art wine production facility which practices sustainable viticulture in all aspects of grape growing and winemaking. This includes human resources, soil management, pest management, habitat management, and the wine making process.

Winemaker, Steve Millier, has been making wine for Ironstone for over 30 years, and that experience shows in the award winning wines he crafts. It's been a long steady climb for him and Ironstone to finally get the recognition they deserve as in the past Lodi was not recognized asa great place for wine production. Ironstone has been at the forefront of changing that perception dramatically.

Our selection is a perfect example of that change. It's a blend of 50% Merlot, 40% Zinfandel and 10% Petite Sirah all grown in gravelly soil that features high drainage. That means the vine has to struggle to get water, which translates to smaller, more intense grapes. The wine mirrors that condition.

Here is a dense, powerful expression of the soil featuring black fruit, cassis, cocoa and spice that is just the ticket for a charred flank steak marinated in soy, garlic and sesame oil.