Localization: Green Valley of Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, USA
Tasting Notes: By nose: A complex blend of stone fruit, green pear and pineapple. By mouth: balanced acidity, grapefruit, Gravenstein apple and minerality
Notes: We started harvest on August 15 – a solid week later than the year prior, and this was our first bountiful vintage in four years. Total production was back up to about 23,000 cases – not quite where we were in 2014, but at least in the ballpark.
The grapes for our UnOaked Chardonnay have an overnight skin contact soaking before pressing to control acidity, followed by a cold, stainless steel fermentation to retain brightness, minerality, and exotic fruit elements.
Food Pairing: This unoaked Chardonnay pairs beautifully with crab cakes, salmon tartar, bacon-wrapped scallops, prosciutto and shaved Pecorino on a toasted baguette. This is a great vegetable wine.
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast: Peach, pear and a touch of anise rise to the fore of this buzzy, energetic white that's unfettered by oak. Clean and crisp in style, it simultaneously offers enough body weight and lush texture to be balanced and lengthy.
The Domain: Iron Horse is one of Sonoma County’s most beautiful, small, independent, estate, family-owned wineries. It is in cool, foggy Green Valley. The founding partners, Audrey and Barry Sterling first saw our property in the pouring rain in February 1976. Driving down Ross Station Road, they were sure they were lost until they crested the knoll and viewed 300 acres of gently rolling hills, that looked like Camelot. Incurable romantics with extraordinary vision, bought the property in just two weeks.
Iron Horse is renowned for its Sparkling Wines, which have been served at the White House for six consecutive presidential administrations, beginning with the historic Reagan-Gorbachev Summit Meetings ending the Cold War.
The winery produces a limited-production, vintage Blanc de Blancs, called Ocean Reserve, in partnership with National Geographic. The winery contributes $4 for each bottle sold to establish marine protected areas and reduce over-fishing around the globe.
Iron Horse Chardonnay is signature Green Valley – bright, crisp, clean, cool-climate perfection. Pinot Noir is the winery’s rising star. Current releases include eight single-vineyard Pinots, each representing a specific vineyard block on the estate.
Iron Horse has been named an American icon in “Icons of the American Market Place” published by Random House.
The estate was named after a railroad stop that crossed the property in the 1890s. Winemaker Rodney Strong rediscovered it as a vineyard site in 1970, planting the original 55 acres of Chardonnay and 55 acres of Pinot Noir.