The Thomas Road Vineyard sits on the highest, most westerly edge of the estate giving it a unique mezzo - climate. Year after year, the top 30 rows of block P6 and the hill portions of block P7 immediately adjacent produce distinct, complex, earthy and elegant Pinot Noirs. This release represents our favorite barrels from a low yielding vintage.
By nose, forest floor, dark cheery, plum, raspberry jam, blueberry jam, currants. By mouth, roasting herbs, black cherry and plum.
At Iron Horse "Estate Bottled" means that the winemaking begins in the vineyard. Our location in Green Valley represents the very best soil, climate and aspects for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Our goal is to grow the best winegrapes through what we call "precision winegrowing." All pruning, canopy management, irrigation and cover crop decisions are determined on a block-by-block (and sometimes even vine-by-vine) basis, considering both the vintage at hand and the long-term needs of the land
Hand picked grapes from the top 30 rows, and a single ‘heritage’ clone, Clone 12/Martini Selection are de-stemmed into stainless steel tanks or half ton macro bins where they are cold-soaked (using dry ice) for seven days. Before fermentation is complete, the new wine is gently pressed from the skins and transferred to French oak barrels. Fermentation then goes to completion in the barrels, allowing us to stir the lees as the wine ages prior to blending and bottling.
Total Production: 250 cases