Iron Horse Vineyards

Ocean Reserve Blanc de Blancs 2019

Green Valley, Russian River Valley, California

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Ocean Reserve is a special, limited edition vintage Blanc de Blancs created with Mission Blue, a marine conservation non-profit founded by legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle.  $5 per bottle sold will go to Mission Blue, whose objective is to establish a global network of marine protected areas, called “Hope Spots”.  The goal is to protect 30% of our marine resources by 2030.  Dr. Earle is a National Geographic Explorer in Residence.  She was the first woman Chief Scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Time Magazine’s first Hero of The Planet, a Ted Prize winner, and is lauded as “her deepness” because she has logged more than 7,000 hours underwater.  The Pacific is the engine of the special, cool, foggy microclimate, which allows Iron Horse to make Sparkling Wines on this level of finesse and elegance and makes giving back so essential. The connection between Pacific fog, sparkling wine, and people who care generates a special kind of magic.


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.


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 two Chardonnay clones from six different blocks on the estate: Clone 4 and Rued. The dosage for this wine is 8 ml Blanc de Blanc LEX, 8 ml Heart of the Vineyard Chardonnay. The final wine is 100% Chardonnay.

Tasting Note

This saline expression of sparkling 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 seafood and a great conversation starter.

Suggested Food Pairing

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



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