Iron Side Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (California), 2013

Varietals:

89%            Cabernet Sauvignon
 9%             Cabernet Franc
 2%             Malbec

Appelation:

47% Lodi
31% Red Hills
18% Rutherford
4% Mendocino

California’s 2012 vintage was the largest ever recorded...and then along came 2013.   The growing season was long and sunny across most of the state. Drought was a factor for much of California’s agriculture, but grapes destined for quality wines require very little water relative to other fruit bearing plants.  In the Napa Valley the situation was described as “ideal”, especially for Cabernet Sauvignon. This tough-to-ripen grape had little trouble achieving the desired sugar levels and perfectly purple skins.  The resulting wines have layers upon layers of flavor and a rich opulent texture. 

In the Red Hills of Lake County the situation was largely the same.  Twenty five percent more fruit was harvested in 2013 than in 2012, and the grape bunches were picture-perfect.  Over in Lodi, three simple words were used to describe the vintage: “early, big and good”.  

Napa Valley, Red Hills and Lodi are the three sources of Caberent Sauvignon for the 2013 vintage of Ironside Cabernet Sauvignon.  We were blessed to have the second vintage of Ironside come from perhaps the best vintage in recent memory.   The wine possesses pure Cabernet aromas of red and black currants, topped off with some clove, vanilla and a scattering of baking spices.  Take a sip and you’ll discover a wine with a subtle first impression that builds into a mouthful of mighty Cabernet. This is a wine that can be enjoyed on its own, but is made to be poured next to a grilled filet or a roasted rack of lamb. 

We hope you will enjoy this bottle of Cabernet as much or even more than the first vintage.  So grab a few bottles, invite your buds over, fire up the grill, watch a little football, and trade that lawnmower beer in for a great glass of red wine.  

Cellared and bottled by 90+ Cellars in Healdsburg, CA. 13.9% alcohol by volume. Contains sulfites.

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