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Iron Horse Vineyards


Club Newsletters

Each shipment comes with a letter from Joy

Here is the cover letter from the current shipment:

Dear Club Members,

Happy New Year! I hope your celebrations were especially bright and bubbly.

We have an exciting schedule of events and happenings ahead. Super Bowl 50 takes place February 7 at Levi Stadium here in the Bay Area. Then, just two days later is Fat Tuesday.  February 14 is of course Valentine’s Day and the 15th calls for Red Carpet wines to enjoy while watching the Grammy’s. There’s no rest for the wicked!

Naturally we want to make sure you are properly provisioned with two very special bubblies – a limited production Sparkling called “Cuvee 50” and the perfect Mardi Gras toasting wine, Commander’s Palace Cuvee.

Cuvee 50 is a one-time only special cuvee commemorating the 50th edition of the biggest game in American football – a golden anniversary being played in the Golden State. Only 300 cases were produced. The vintage is a 2010 Brut, 69% Pinot Noir and 31% Chardonnay – all estate grown fruit. It is aged four and a half years en tirage and finished with a unique dosage.

The background of the label is embossed to look like “pigskin” with football laces around the border, giving new meaning to the request “pass the Iron Horse.”

For the first time, the NFL branded the game with the numeral “50” instead of Roman numeral “L”. It is also a special point of pride that Sonoma is the official wine destination sponsor. Sonoma County wines will be featured at VIP receptions, NFL owners meetings, as well as media and major sponsor events. 

The week prior to the game, we will be pouring in the Sonoma Wine Lounge in Super Bowl City, a free-to-the-public fan village, right across from the Ferry Building.

Commander’s Brut is the very delicious, vintage Blanc de Noirs that we make exclusively for Commander’s Palace in New Orleans.  Break out the beads, pop this bubbly and “laissez les bon temps rouler,”

The success of our special cuvees has been so exciting. Thank you! Your past two shipments included Cuvee M and Winter’s Cuvee, which both sold out within two months.

Our Chardonnay of choice to kick off the New Year is our 2013 Native Yeast. Fermenting with native yeast, from the vineyards, gives an exceptional mouth feel and heightens the expression of the Hyde-Old Wente clone from one of the most prized vineyard blocks on the estate. Total production is 250 cases.

And no Iron Horse shipment would be complete without Pinot Noir, in this case, our 2013 Deer Gate.  The 2012 was a personal favorite, so it is bitter sweet to move on to a new vintage. 2013 is a great vintage, equal to if not superior to 2012. This vineyard was replanted in 2007, so in its sixth leaf at the time of harvest. As the vineyard matures, we get less vine to vine variation and we gain a better understanding of when the particular clone in this vineyard block  reaches  optimum maturity, i.e. when to harvest. From 2011 (our first vintage of Deer Gate) to 2012 to 2013, the wines are more mature by nose and mouth – richer and more opulent.

As always, I would love to hear what you think of these wines.

With all best wishes,

Joy Sterling