Iron Horse Vineyards

Russian Cuvée 2017

Green Valley, Russian River Valley, California

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Russian Cuvée has multiple layers of meaning. Originally named for the historic Reagan-Gorbachev Summit Meetings in 1985, it also refers to the vineyard’s unique location in the Russian River Valley. The Russian Cuvée is the “richest” in the Iron Horse line up, though it is still technically brut-level dry.  A perfect toasting wine, served at White House State Dinners for six consecutive Presidential Administrations, it boasts aromas of caramel apple, nutmeg and orange zest, flavors of ripe red apple, lime, brioche and brown sugar on the palate.  It is equally comfortable at the end of the meal with dessert as at the start of the meal for a toast. 

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 were selected for their shy nose and clear varietal character. After 3 years aging on the yeast, they now exhibit wonderful complexity and creaminess. The dosage for this wine is 16 mls of BDN LEX, 4ml 2018 Rued Chardonnay and 2ml of 2017 Gold Ridge Pinot Noir. The Final blend is 67% Pinot Noir and 33% Chardonnay.

Tasting Note

Toasted sugar, caramel apple, nutmeg and orange zest on the nose and ripe red apple, lime, brioche and brown sugar on the palate make this wine an excellent pairing with medium-sweet desserts, cheese boards, or as a toasting wine.

Suggested Food Pairing

Delicious with savory morning pastries, BLTs, blue cheese, and a range of desserts from crème brulée to rhubarb and raspberry tarts, to strawberry shortcakes.

Color

White

Grape Varieties

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Appellation

Green Valley, Russian River Valley, California

Farming

Sustainable

Alcohol

13.50%

Suggested Retail Price

$45

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