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Sparkler of week: Iron Horse, 2017 Green Valley, Russian River Valley Winter’s Cuvée

The Press Democrat selected Iron Horse Vineyards 2017 Green Valley Winter Cuvée as its wine of the week, describing it as extraordinary. The wine is featured in two distinctive articles, with Michele Anna Jordan saying “I cannot imagine a better wine to take us through the end of this challenging year. Think of it as our reward for surviving.”

Continuing, she adds, “The wine is everything a sparkling wine should be: Tiny bubbles tickle your nose as you lift the glass to your lips. The first sip is pure delight, with a subtle hint of yeast, bright acidity and a swirl of delicate flavors that you don’t need to parse if you don’t want to. Just enjoy this beauty.” You can read the rest of her story HERE

Writer Peg Melnik adds, “It’s a gorgeous sparkler with a melding of flavors — green apple, brioche, peach and a hint of almond. The Iron Horse has complexity, an intriguing intensity, balance and a nice mousse. It snagged the top spot in our list of sparkling wines $29 and up because of its caliber at this price point.” You can read the rest of her review HERE

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    Iron Horse Vineyards

    Iron Horse Vineyards Classic Vintage Brut 2017

    Green Valley, Russian River Valley, California

    The flagship of the estate, this wine shows everything the family strives to accomplish. The quality and finesse strike memory bells that say “Champagne,” while the flavors are unmistakably Sonoma County, Russian River, Green Valley and most distinctly Iron Horse. Delightful and complex rising dough, orange marmalade and baked apple aromas lead to an exquisitely balanced palate with flavors of ripe red apple, mandarin orange and hazelnut.  The complexity of flavors and textures are perhaps only overshadowed by the sheer pleasure of enjoyment.

Related Producers

    Iron Horse Vineyards

    Green Valley, Russian River Valley, California

    Started in 1976 by Audrey and Barry Sterling, Iron Horse is a standout producer of Sparkling wine in America. Nestled in the cool microclimate of the Green Valley AVA, Iron Horse’s 300 acre estate is home to 164 acres of vineyard, split evenly between Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The second generation, Joy Sterling and her brother Laurence, oversee the estate, and have dedicated their time and attention to improving vineyard practices, implementing regenerative agriculture and sustainability initiatives, and advocating for their community and the environment.