2009 Iron Horse "Classic Vintage Brut" Sonoma County Sparkling Wine

SKU #1162219 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 An elegant mixture of 74% Pinot Noir and 26% Chardonnay, this classic Brut is aged four years en triage and was last disgorged on July 18, 2014. The dosage includes the winery’s Thomas Road Pinot Noir. Golden in color, it is inviting in complex layers of baked apple, pear, honey and graham cracker while offering a light, sophisticated feel on the palate.  (12/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Classic Vintage Brut is composed of 74% Pinot Noir and 26% Chardonnay. Only 2,400 cases were produced. Notes of citrus blossoms and Granny Smith apple skins are followed by a dry, crisp, moderately endowed sparkler with good effervescence, body and character. The finish is long and persistent. Drink now-2017.  (12/2014)

Wine & Spirits

 A toasty sparkler with scents of wheat straw and chamomile, this finishes with an appetizing nut-skin grip. Serve it with a bowl of Marcona almonds.  (12/2014)

K&L Notes

Just released. The winery's note: "The most traditional of the Iron Horse Sparklings. A 'classic' 74% Pinot Noir and 26% Chardonnay, aged an average of four years on the yeast in the bottle. Wonderfully rich and creamy, it sends all kinds of memory bells that say 'Champagne,' though the fruit is unmistakably Green Valley of Russian River Valley. It is vintage quality in every sense of the word."

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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5