Lot #30 IRON HORSE VINEYARDS
Iron Horse Estate
- Green Valley
ABOUT THE WINE:
To celebrate Iron Horse Co-founder Audrey Sterling being named a 2022 Sonoma County Icon, Winemaker Sofian Himeur made Audrey her very own Chardonnay in this barrel auction lot dubbed “Iconic Audrey.” This is a “never before, never again” blend, cherry-picked from the team’s favorite lots of estate-grown Chardonnay from the outstanding 2021 vintage. The Chardonnay is a perfect expression of Green Valley’s cool, foggy climate.
Audrey and Barry Sterling purchased Iron Horse in February 1976. Audrey ran the vineyard and winery in the early years while Barry commuted from Los Angeles. It is hard to remember how pioneering it was to put down roots in western Sonoma County in the mid-1970s. The Sterlings knew the value of a cool climate for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from their years in France and Audrey was familiar with the area from childhood summers on the Russian River. Audrey Sterling applied for and won federal recognition of the Green Valley appellation in 1983. Iron Horse is certified sustainable and involved in current environmental projects such as restoring salmon habitats on Green Valley Creek with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and studying the positive role of vineyards in climate change with the California Land Stewardship Institute.
The grapes are pressed very gently to get the most delicate juice and capture the high point flavors and the winemaking team is extraordinarily painstaking in the bâttonage regime. The lees were stirred three times a week to achieve richness and creaminess to balance the bright acidity inherent in the fruit. Expect a palate of honeysuckle and Gravenstein apple followed by stone fruit, a hint of Madagascar vanilla bean, beautifully integrated oak, creaminess and a finish with great length. This wine is elegant, just like “Iconic Audrey” herself.
WINEMAKER(S): Sofian Himeur
ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: July 2022
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: May 2023
National Distribution: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, Washington, DC