Iron Horse Vineyards

Classic Vintage Brut 2016

Green Valley, Russian River Valley, California

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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.

Vineyard

The Iron Horse estate is in the heart of Green Valley’s cool and foggy climate, 13 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The certified sustainable estate features 160 acres under vine, planted exclusively to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir across a patchwork of gentle, rolling hills. Each of the 39 blocks has been planted with site-specific rootstock and clonal selections, enabling Iron Horse to farm, harvest, and vinify each block separately. The predominant soil-type is called “Gold Ridge”, a sandy loam that has excellent drainage and is perfectly, inherently balanced, making it one of the most coveted soil types, especially for growing Pinot Noir.

Winemaking

Grapes are hand harvested in the chilly fog of early morning, and gently pressed as whole clusters yielding base wines of great delicacy. A long, cool ferment at 62° to 65° F retains vibrant fruit esters. Individual lots of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with a shy nose and a touch of fruit are blended to create a sparkling wine that shows rich, nutty and toasty aromas with a hint of fruit and wonderful complexity. The dosage for this wine is 8 mls of Brut LEX, 8 mls of 2012 Rued Chardonnay, 2 mls of 2017 Deer Gate Pinot Noir, and 6 mls of 1983 Brut. The final blend is 73% Pinot Noir and 27% Chardonnay.

Tasting Note

Delicate aromas of white flowers are followed by classic notes of rising dough and faint hints of orange marmalade and baked Gala apple. The palate is delicate yet crisp with Asian pear, mandarin orange, white licorice, and hazelnut.

Suggested Food Pairing

A perfect wine with poached eggs, smoked salmon and toast, salade Nicoise, hard cheeses, classic roast chicken, or a pear crisp with candied ginger.

Color

White

Grape Varieties

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Appellation

Green Valley, Russian River Valley, California

Farming

Sustainable

Alcohol

13.5%

Suggested Retail Price

$45

Reviews

"Plush and creamy"

Wine Spectator -

"Plush and creamy with a beam a fresh acidity that accentuates the baked apple, strawberry and toasty brioche flavors that expand on a long finish." 

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