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Iron Horse Vineyards
2008 Estate Chardonnay

Our Selection for Wine of the Week May 31, 2010

Iron Horse Vineyards 2008 Estate Chardonnay, our Wine of the Week review

Made for Pairing
Iron Horse Vineyards
2008 Estate Chardonnay


Iron Horse is one of Sonoma County, California's best-known boutique wineries. It first earned its fame as one of the small number of America's premium sparkling wine producers, but, in recent years, it has become increasingly noted for still wines (in particular Chardonnay and Pinot Noir). Nestled in a cool climate pocket of western Sonoma County called Green Valley, the winery's estate is situated in one of northern California's few ideal locations for growing the grapes of Champagne. In addition to climate, the secret to Iron Horse's success is the dedication of the Sterling family, founders and owners of the esteemed estate, to creating world-class, hand-crafted wines. The 2008 Chardonnay is a shining example of the Sterling family's efforts. The wine's balance is impressive with Asian pear tropical fruit tartness and softness on the palate that only careful winemaking can create. If we had any complaint at all, it would be that the note of oak on the palate distracts slightly from the wine's attractive apple, pineapple and Asian pear flavors. A wine crafted to pair with food, try it with a creamy mushroom pasta or risotto, simple roast chicken, seared tuna or even your favorite steak and potatoes.

Rating: 14/20

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