2017 Iron Horse "Ocean Reserve" Green Valley of Russian River Valley Blanc de Blancs

SKU #1558498 97 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark With a lemony mousse and slate-like, acid driven freshness, this Chardonnay-based sparkler is deliciously dry and complex. Stone fruit, lime and grapefruit combine around an effortless midpalate of light, bright structure and beautiful aromatic accents. (VB) Inner quote mark (11/2021)

K&L Notes

Ocean Reserve is a special, limited edition sparkling wine created in partnership with National Geographic to benefit the ocean. For every bottle you purchase, Iron Horse will donate $4 to establish marine protected areas and reduce overfishing around the world.

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2021 | Send Email
Iron Horse is one of the top producers of domestic sparkling wine in the nation. Their prime estate in the cool Green Valley sub-region of Russian River Valley is perfectly suited for growing pristine Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Their expertise and long traditional bottle fermentation means the wines perfectly capture the purity of fruit and rich, toasty, yeasty notes that make top quality sparkling wines so irresistible. The 2017 Blanc de Blanc is full of white blossom, crunchy Granny Smith apple, citrus peel, freshly baked bread, and sea spray minerals. The bubbles are energetic, fine and persistent. This wine was already a staple for us at K&L but when the huge score dropped on the 2017 we secured as much as we could get our hands on. This is a brilliant bottle of Blanc de Blanc to celebrate the holidays with. It also contributes to the truly worth cause of ocean conservation. In the words of Cousin Eddie - "It's the gift that keeps on giving."

By: James Knight | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/24/2021 | Send Email
Although I haven't tasted this specific vintage, I just wanted to say that the Iron Horse Ocean Reserve has been, for me, a sparkling wine of very consistent character from this Sonoma County producer in terms of satisfaction and, well, consistency--it's always a little bit toasty, like a crunchy, buttery croissant, but a little bit salty, like sea spray; and a fairly dry-finishing bubbly. On one level, sure, the "saline" quality could be suggested a bit from the label; on another level, it's possible that the blender of this cuvée had that in mind, already. Lean, saline, and hinting at richness, this is always my favorite Iron Horse sparkler.

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