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Ironstone Vineyards Merlot 2018 Wine Review

Ironstone Vineyards Merlot 2018

Ironstone Vineyards Merlot 2018

Lodi, California, United States

Community Score:90/100

Community Reviews: 9

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Price: $17.95

Drink: 2020-2025

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Ironstone Vineyards

Agent: Lifford Wine & Spirits

Natalie's Score: 91/100

Ironstone Merlot is a consistent crowd-pleaser, enticing with its aromas of plushy dark, spiced plum and mocha on the nose. Full-bodied with black plum compote, savoury herbs and plenty of smoky vanilla and sweet oak spice flavours on the palate. The Kautz family, owners and operators of Ironstone, began farming in Lodi in 1926 and have been making wine there for four generations.

Merlot food pairings: grilled ribs, burgers, cheese, poultry, lamb, grilled sausages.

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This Ironstone Vineyards Merlot 2018 was reviewed on February 19, 2021 by Natalie MacLean

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Carolyn Hetke rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Excellent value here with this fruity Merlot. Black licorice and wild cherry mingle on the nose and surprisingly, carry over to the palate in spades! Very interesting pour here! Rich, smooth and fruity this will appeal to many. Drink now or within the next few years. Serve with spicy ribs. Tasted February 2020. www.thewineloverskitchen.com
Eric rated this wine as 91/100
Linda Mertes WSET 2 rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

A staple in my own cellar, this full-bodied Californian Merlot has aromas of black cherry and vanilla and a dark berry and plum palate. Well-balanced with medium acidity and tannins. A spicy, dry finish with underlying sweet fruit notes. So versatile but with lamb, it is superb.
Ironstone 2018 Merlot is an excellent value Lodi Merlot under $18. This Merlot is a consistent crowd-pleaser plushy with layers of spicy plum compote, savoury herbs, mocha, toasty oak spice and smoky vanilla flavours on the palate. The Kautz family, owners and operators of Ironstone, began farming in Lodi in 1926. - Community Wine Reviews
Ironstone 2018 Merlot is a well-priced California Merlot under $18. Spiced-plum, mocha and smoky aromas on the nose with dark plum, sweet spice, vanilla finishing smoky smooth and long on the palate. The Kautz family, owners and operators of Ironstone, began farming in Lodi in 1926 and have been making wine there for four generations. - Community Wine Reviews

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