Iron Horse Vineyards

Ocean Reserve Blanc de Blancs 2016

Green Valley, Russian River Valley, California

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Ocean Reserve is a special, limited edition, vintage Blanc de Blancs, created in partnership with National Geographic.  Iron Horse dedicated its Blanc de Blancs to National Geographic’s Ocean Initiative as a nod to the Pacific Ocean, which is the engine behind the fog and cool, coastal influence in the Green Valley; $4 per bottle sold goes to establishing marine protected areas and supporting sustainable fishing practices around the globe. The Ocean Reserve’s racy lime and tangerine notes, saline acidity, and beautiful creamy finish, conjures images of the ocean itself and pairs flawlessly with all manner of seafood.

Vineyard

The Iron Horse estate is in the heart of Green Valley’s cool and foggy climate, 13 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The certified sustainable estate features 160 acres under vine, planted exclusively to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir across a patchwork of gentle, rolling hills. Each of the 39 blocks has been planted with site-specific rootstock and clonal selections, enabling Iron Horse to farm, harvest, and vinify each block separately. The predominant soil-type is called “Gold Ridge”, a sandy loam that has excellent drainage and is perfectly, inherently balanced, making it one of the most coveted soil types, especially for growing Pinot Noir.

Winemaking

Grapes are hand harvested in the chilly fog of early morning, and gently pressed as whole clusters yielding base wines of great delicacy. A long, cool ferment at 62° to 65° F retains vibrant fruit esters. This cuvée is a blend of five Chardonnay clones from six different blocks on the estate: Clone 4, CHW-6, AH-96, AH-76 and Rued. The dosage for this wine is 6 ml Blanc de Blanc LEX and 6 ml Rued Chardonnay. The final wine is 100% Chardonnay.

Tasting Note

This saline expression of Chardonnay exudes kaffir lime and lemongrass aromas, giving way to lemon verbena and juicy green apple on the palate, the finish is pleasingly dry and stoney. It is a crisp and firm accompaniment to food and a great conversation starter.

Suggested Food Pairing

The Iron Horse Ocean Reserve is an incredible accompaniment to raw bar fare, sushi, and crudités.

Color

White

Grape Varieties

Chardonnay

Appellation

Green Valley, Russian River Valley, California

Farming

Sustainable

Alcohol

13.5%

Suggested Retail Price

$55

Reviews

"Vibrant and steely"

Wine Spectator -

"Vibrant and steely, with green apple, lemon verbena and blanched almond flavors that build tension toward a bracingly crisp finish." 

More on Iron Horse Vineyards Ocean Reserve Blanc de Blancs 2016

Wine from Water with Iron Horse Vineyards and National Geographic

February 19, 2021 - Discover how the ocean influences a California vineyard and the sparkling wines it produces in this episode of Cook-Wise, featuring chef and conservationist Barton Seaver and Iron Horse Vineyards.

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