2011 Iron Horse "Wedding Cuvée" Green Valley of Russian River Valley Brut Sparkling Wine

SKU #1197782 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Made from 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, then aged three years, this wine offers a copper-pink color followed by dry, firm acidity and highlights of cherry, cassis and grapefruit zest. A gentle nudge of nutmeg closes in on the finish, giving the wine a salty air and complex ending. (VB)  (12/2015)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Wedding Cuvée, always one of the favorites among consumers, is a blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay aged three years prior to release. The 2011 shows a light pale-salmon color perfumed with strawberry, current and cherry notes that clearly are suggestive of the Pinot Noir. The wine has small pinpoint bubbles, is fresh, medium-bodied and lively. This beauty should continue to drink well for several years. The dean of sparkling wines in Sonoma, Iron Horse, continues to turn out an array of impressive sparklers that have gone from strength to strength over the last 15-20 years. (RP)  (3/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Delicate and refined, showing raspberry and gingerbread aromas that lead to sleek, focused flavors of red apple, vanilla and almond, finishing on a clean, minerally note. (TF)  (12/2015)

K&L Notes

Though smaller than the Napa Valley's big sparkling wine houses, many of them founded by the great companies of Champagne, Iron Horse, located in the cool climate countryside of West Sonoma County, is recognized as one of the top American producers of traditional method sparkling wine. They just have that certain...je ne sais quoi.

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Other White Wines

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United States

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California

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Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5