This Chardonnay has got a bit of bottle age which shows in the glass- a deep gold color. On the nose I get wafts of MLF, perhaps a bit of lees stirring and some relatively fresh citrus and floral notes. Brioche, butter, lemon curd, grapefruit, chamomile and sprite (the drink). The palate is dry with medium body and juicy acidity. The flavors are more citrus driven but I do get some minerality and a hint of Malolactic Fermentation. Tropical fruit notes hit the mid plate and the finish is long and silky with decent acidity. I like this wine, but it’s not everyone’s style. The silky mouthfeel comes with butter-like flavors that may not be up everyone’s alley. The minimalist oak usage is appreciated btw. For $20, it’s a good weekday wine that gets 90 points from me and 5 stars. Drink till 2026 with some hearty fish dishes or stuffed peppers. Salut….
Iron Horse Vineyards Two Clones Chardonnay 2017, Russian River Valley, California
01 Monday Nov 2021