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Iron Horse Vineyards Chardonnay Green Valley Unoaked 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

All of our Chardonnay is handled one lot at a time. Only as the grapes arrive at the winery do we decide how to treat them. Sometimes it is straight to the press as whole clusters, while other times a cold soak might be necessary. All of the UnOaked Chardonnay had about one hour of skin contact in the press before pressing, to allow the right amount of skin contact, followed by a cold stainless steel fermentation to retain esters, i.e., brightness, minerality and exotic fruit elements.

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Iron Horse Vineyards:
Drive past the berry farms on Ross Station Road, past the point where you can’t imagine there’s anything at the end of the road, crest the knoll and be awestruck as the view opens up to 350 acres covered with grape vines. Continue down the hill, across a small bridge, past the vegetable gardens, up a winding oak lined drive, between a row of alternating palm and olive trees and finally to the c... Read more
Drive past the berry farms on Ross Station Road, past the point where you can’t imagine there’s anything at the end of the road, crest the knoll and be awestruck as the view opens up to 350 acres covered with grape vines. Continue down the hill, across a small bridge, past the vegetable gardens, up a winding oak lined drive, between a row of alternating palm and olive trees and finally to the charming Iron Horse Winery, where you will enjoy a stunning view all the way across Sonoma County to Mt. St. Helena. The winery is best known for its Sparkling Wines. The Obama Adminstration is the fifth consecutive presidental administration to serve Iron Horse at the White House, a tradition that began in 1985 with the historic U.S.-Russian Summit Meetings ending the Cold War. The Chardonnay is cool climate perfection. Pinot Noir is the winery’s rising star wine. Read less

External Reviews for Iron Horse Vineyards Chardonnay Green Valley Unoaked

External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
09/23/2011

"By nose and mouth it ripe grapefruit



Tasting Notes:

By nose: minerality with a hint of lees. By mouth: intense minerality and mandarin orange. Perfect with a light lunch as well as olives, salads, mussels, shrimp, pastas with white or tomato sauce, ham and swiss on rye sandwiches, not too much mustard and potato chips.

All of our Chardonnay is handled one lot at a time. Only as the grapes arrive at the winery do we decide how to treat them. Sometimes it is straight to the press as whole clusters, while other times a cold soak might be necessary. All of the UnOaked Chardonnay had about one hour of skin contact in the press before pressing, to allow the right amount of skin contact, followed by a cold stainless steel fermentation to retain esters, i.e., brightness, minerality and exotic fruit elements.

2,162 Cases produced.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.8% pH: 3.34
Total Acidity: 0.58 grams per liter

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