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