2010 Iron Horse "Classic Vintage Brut" Sonoma County Sparkling Wine
Wine & Spirits
The 2010 vintage on the North Coast was mostly cool, until a blistering late-August heat wave created sunburn challenges and uneven ripening in many vineyards. At the cool Iron Horse estate in Green Valley, the effects were less drastic. In fact, winemaker David Munksgard’s pinot-dominant Classic Vintage Brut is remarkably pure in 2010, the flavors intense and red-fruited at first, slowly receding in a delicate mousse that lasts on cool scents of chamomile, lemon blossoms and biscuit. The acidity is bright, the texture gentle, evoking the ocean breezes and undulating hills of Green Valley.
A majority of Pinot Noir in this blend doesn't overshadow the Chardonnay's sentiments of baked apple, hazelnut and crème brûlée. Warm and savory, the mousse is also dry, crisp and buoyant, balanced and elegant in the end, making for a complete wine with a lengthy finish. (VB)
Supple and richly styled, with aromas of tart apple and spiced hazelnut, followed by Meyer lemon, brioche and zesty cinnamon notes. Drink now. (TF)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Classic Vintage Brut, a blend of 69% Pinot Noir and 31% Chardonnay, is one of their workhorse cuvées that is easier to find than some of their more limited productions. I suspect this is the freshest, liveliest and most vivacious of the sparkling wines. Quite dry, with soil notes, loads of citrus, and a light-bodied, refreshing finish, this does not have the depth and personality of some of the other cuvées, but is meant to be released young and represents the freshest style one can find. Drink it over the next several years. (RP)
Estate bottled in the Green Valley of Russian River Valley AVA of Sonoma County.