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Iron Horse Cuvee Joy Chardonnay 1997

Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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The name says it all. Not produced every year, Cuvée Joy has to qualify on two levels: that it calls out to be a stand alone wine, and that bottling it separately doesnt diminish the master blend. This release represents a specific section of Chardonnay on the left of the big oaks as you come up the hill to the winery. Planted with uniquely Green Valley cuttings from Rudd Vineyards, which probably hails back to a Stony Hill clone; this Chardonnay has no malo-lactic fermentation. The creamy texture of the wine comes from a rigorous regime of stirring the lees in the barrel.

Food Pairing: Delicious served with a halibut steak poached with cilantro and kafir lime leaves, or a lobster split, grilled and drizzled with lime.

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Iron Horse, Sonoma County, California
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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.

PBC1353242_1997 Item# 15704