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There isn’t a lot of information available about Irony Wines. The back label on the bottle relays a story of two brothers (Chris and Jay - ? last names) who grew up in a winegrowing family (“finest traditions in winemaking since 1935” it says on the label). After pursuing other careers, the two brothers reunited working again at the family vineyard and winery. The winery is named Life’s Strange Twists Wine Company in Manteca, California. The winery produces a Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay as well as Pinot Noir from Monterey County and Russian River Valley (Buena Terra Vineyard).

Reviewed Wines

2011 Irony Small Lot Reserve Monterey Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.59, $17. From Chris and Jay Indelicato. All wines from the producer are labeled “Small Lot Reserve.” Aged 6 months in American and French oak. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose offers lively aromas of cherry, strawberry and oak-driven notes of vanilla and espresso which are duplicated in the flavor profile. This wine is relatively simple, the finish is short, and the oak plays too much of a role for my taste, but it is a solid, allpurpose table wine at a very modest price. Widely distributed in the retail marketplace. Score: 87. Reviewed September 5, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Irony Monterey County Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $10-$12. · Moderate color trending toward purple in the glass. Enticing aroma of dark berry jam with a hint of oak. Very tasty core of blackberries, boysenberries and fruit leather with a complimentary underpinning of oak. A very charming wine with a rich mouth feel and impressive finishing strength and length. Still excellent the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2005 Irony Monterey County Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 30,000 cases, $15. The grapes were sourced primarily from the owners’ San Bernabe Vineyard which is planted to both Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777 and California heritage clones. The wine was barrel-aged for 9 months in a combination of French and American Oak, both new and used. Presented in a heavy, Burgundian-styled bottle. · This lovely wine draws you in with alluring aromas of cherry compote, mint and roses. Medium bodied, the wine is light on its feet with satisfying flavors of wild strawberries, raspberries and rhubarb. There is judicious oak, soft tannins and a nice clean finish. A very good daily drinker that will please even hard-core pinotphiles. Reviewed September 17, 2007 ARTICLE »

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