Iron Horse Wedding Cuvée - Sonoma County, Green Valley
Light yellow-gold color, with just a tinge of pink. Nose of light
citrus and pear scents, with just a touch of yeast in the background.
Nice moutheel, quite smooth - even a bit soft, on the palate, with
a light yeasty quality to the medium-long finish. The initial crispness
of this wine seemed to fade out a bit toward the latter palate,
finishing somewhat softer than expected. Two+ yrs on yeast.
85% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay.
Iron Horse Brut Rosé - Sonoma County, Green
Gorgeous light-medium cranberry color, with just a tinge of amber.
The color alone is beautiful. Nose of strawberry, with a light toast
and yeast scent. Full bodied in mouthfeel, with a nice complexity
of fruit and yeasty/toasty flavors, and a fleshy quality throughout.
Very long tasty finish, and delicious aftertaste. Four+ yrs on yeast.
72% Pinot Noir, 28% Chardonnay.
Iron Horse Brut LD - Sonoma County, Green Valley
Light medium yellow color. Toasty and yeasty in the nose, with touches
of sweet lemon and lime, and almost an older Riesling scent. Smooth
and creamy on the palate, delicious flavors of light lemon curd,
with a toasty-nutty milled grain quality to the aftertaste. Very,
very smooth throughout the long finish. LD stands for Late Disgorged,
and the wine spent six+ yrs on yeast, about 1 year longer than usual.
Filled with subtle nuances and beautiful texture!
50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay.
- In Order of Preference
Iron Horse Blanc de Blancs
1996 Iron Horse Brut LD
1998 Iron Horse Classic Vintage Brut
1998 Iron Horse Brut Rose
1998 Iron Horse Russian Cuvee
2000 Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee
Iron Horse Russian Cuvée - Sonoma County, Green
Light gold in color. Nice yeasty nose, with just a bit of toast
and jam in the nose. Off-sweet mouthfeel, and though not quite as
dry as a Brut, this wine retains a very nice crispness, and
lovely balance. Very tasty throughout the long finish. Four yrs
Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay.
Iron Horse Blanc de Blancs - Sonoma County, Green
Medium gold color. Subtle at first, the toasted aromas of freshly
baked bread start rising from the glass after a few moments. Fabulously
smooth mouthfeel, with lots and lots of toasty and yeasty flavors,
and a very smooth long finish. This wine received 20% barrel fermentation
in older French oak. Seven+ yrs on yeast, and it shows. Just gorgeous!
Iron Horse Classic Vintage Brut - Sonoma County, Green
Medium yellow-gold color. Effusive nose of lemon, ginger and pear,
along with a nice touch of yeast. Full bodied, with an excellent
balance of toast and yeast flavors. Lightly crisp throughout, yet
also has a slightly delicate feeling on the palate. Delicious tasting,
with a very long slightly crisp finish. Four yrs on yeast. Very
75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay.