Iron Horse Vineyards

Unoaked Chardonnay 2018

Green Valley, Russian River Valley, California

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This pure Chardonnay is a natural beauty that showcases the extraordinary qualities of the Green Valley area.  It has a crackling brightness, with stone and citrus fruits on the nose joined by an appealing minerality and spice that drive a long finish.  The best of both worlds, this bottling combines the tension between concentrated fruit and the raciness of the best Chablis, with a kiss of California sunshine providing fruit and supple texture: it is impossible to put down.

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

All of the Iron Horse Chardonnay is processed one lot at a time, and according to the vintage, sometimes heading straight to the press as whole clusters, while other times a cold soak might be necessary. All of the Unoaked Chardonnay 2018 had an overnight skin contact soaking before pressing to control acidity with a cold stainless steel fermentation between 60° and 63° F to retain brightness, minerality and exotic fruit elements.

Tasting Note

This wine showcases a complex blend of stone fruit, green pear and pineapple aromas. On the palate, grapefruit and Gravenstein apple flavors balance on a core of minerality.

Suggested Food Pairing

The Unoaked Chardonnay pairs beautifully with crab cakes, salmon tartar, bacon wrapped scallops, pesto and heirloom tomatoes.

Color

White

Grape Varieties

Chardonnay

Appellation

Green Valley, Russian River Valley, California

Farming

Sustainable

Alcohol

14%

Suggested Retail Price

$32

Reviews

"Clean and crisp"

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." 

Trade Materials

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