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Iron Horse Vineyards 2015 Native Yeast Chardonnay

Iron Horse Vineyards

2015 Chardonnay
Bottle Size: 750ml, 12/cs
Region: Sonoma County, CA


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Purchase this wine by the case (12 bottle) and Iron Horse Vineyards has kindly offered to host you and 3 friends for a VIP tour and tasting (retail value $100, appointment required).

Tasting Notes:

Angels, this wine is Thanksgiving perfection. And it starts with the fruit – a very small batch that comes from one of the most prized blocks on the Iron Horse estate! Then there is the native yeast fermentation. But what exactly does that mean and why is it so special? Native yeasts exist on and around grapevines or in the wine cellar and will inevitably induce a natural fermentation if left untouched. Winemakers will sometimes choose native yeast fermentation (aka indigenous, wild, natural) over cultured yeast fermentation because it can bring a deeper level of complexity to the wine. The Iron Horse team notes it gives this wine a unique mouth feel and heightens the expression of the selected Hyde Ole Wente clone.

The 2015 Chardonnay shimmers brightly in the glass, showing off a brilliant, pale straw yellow color. Layered aromas of spiced golden apple, tart key lime and crushed stone minerality are followed by a hint of caramel cream. Medium in body and dry on the palate, this wine has a zesty, mouthwatering acidity that lingers on the finish and will leave your palate wanting more. 

Tasting Notes by Carrie Schuster, Chief Marketing Angel
  • Grapes
    100% Chardonnay
  • Region
    Green Valley, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA
  • Production
    Only 245 cases made
  • Alcohol
  • Ageability

Winemaker, David Munksgard

Viticulturist, Dr. Daniel Roberts, a/k/a "Dr. Dirt"

About the Winemaker:
About the Vineyard:
Additional Winemaker Notes:
  • Native yeast fermented
  • Fermented in 100% brand new French oak barrels with water bent staves (instead of fire bent), which tones down the impact of the wood
  • Frequent lees stirring 3+ times per week for 7+ months contributes to the long finish and unique mouth-feel

92 points, Wine & Spirits Magazine

Learn the vision behind Iron Horse Vineyards on The Daily Flight:  Inspired by Paris, Drawn to Russian River
Food Pairing Suggestions:
The depth and complexity of this layered, cool-climate Chardonnay allows it to pair with a wide range of flavors and textures. You can't go wrong with poached wild salmon and tarragon butter, veal picatta or roasted quail with a side of wild mushrooms. Share your favorite pair - tag us @Cellar Angels on Instagram with your winning combinations!
About the Winery
Iron Horse Vineyards Audrey and Barry Sterling founded this iconic winery in a not so iconic location at the time. In 1976 Green Valley was not only NOT an AVA, but it was rural Sonoma, a place grape growers had not really ventured yet. Learn more