Iron Hub Transforms Its Predecessor Into Something New

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Tom Jones, one of the new owners, was the founding winemaker at Lava Cap, a popular winery in nearby El Dorado County. Along with his family, he farms about 16 acres of grapes on Iron Hub’s estate and produces about 3,500 cases of wine annually.

The name Iron Hub name is a nod to the hand-forged tools of the Gold Rush days. From the new, airy tasting room, which opened in 2017, you can take in the scope of the Shenandoah Valley; on a clear day you can see the snow-capped Sierra.

The service is friendly and the wines show well. The $5 flight comes with a plate of crackers and small bites of cheese, along with a blue Solo cup if you’re doing the taste-and-spit methods.

The reds at Iron Hub tend to emphasize upfront flavors, such as the cherry-like Grenache with a touch of spice, and a big-bodied Barbera that’s sourced from vines right outside the tasting room. The old vine Zinfandel is a leaner and lighter effort, refreshing with its strawberry fruit.

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