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Date Printed: 12/25/2014
Iron Horse Unoaked Chardonnay 2005
Iron Horse Unoaked Chardonnay 2005
(search item no. 92957)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is a young, bright, exciting, fresh, pure expression of Green Valley fruit from a superlative vintage. It has a very, very pretty nose. The flavors are Gravenstein apple and complex citrus with a hint of lime, which is part of the Iron Horse signature along with a distinct minerality. It is ultra smooth and surprisingly creamy. Cinnamon and nutmeg contribute to dreamy associations with crème brulee.

Food pairings: Picholine olives, jicama salad, Ceasar salad with anchovies and capers, steamed mussels, shrimp with citrus, linguine with white wine and clam sauce, anything to do with avocado, lime and chilies, Asian flavors like spicy red Singapore chili crab, Chinese chicken salad with crispy wontons, cured meats.

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About Iron Horse:

A pioneer in the Green Valley appellation within the Russian River area of Sonoma County, the Iron Horse family is building a legacy of prestige sparkling wines and elegant estate-bottled Chardonnay and Pinot Noir within a "holistic" environment of natural balance, cultivation and love of the land.

Iron Horse is best known for its Sparkling Wines, which have been served at the White House since 1985, beginning with the historic U.S.-Russian Summit Meetings ending the Cold War, at the White House Millennium celebrations ushering in the new century, and at the White House dinner honoring the Pope.

Their Chardonnay is considered a signature wine for the cool, foggy Green Valley region. Pinot Noir is the winery's rising star wine.

Iron Horse has been named an American icon in a reference book published by Random House called "Icons of the American Market Place". Listed in alphabetical order, Iron Horse takes its place between iPod and Jack Daniel’s, validating Iron Horse’s reputation as a brand backed by pride, passion and quality.

The Iron Horse name came from a train that cut across the property in the 1890s. The logo, the rampant horse on a weather vane, came from a 19th century weathervane found while clearing away the rubble to build the winery.