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2012 Iron Horse "Wedding Cuvée" Green Valley of Russian River Valley Brut Sparkling Wine

SKU #1260007 96 points Wine Enthusiast

 An offering meant to toast all manner of celebrations, this wine wows, blending 78% Pinot Noir with 22% Chardonnay in a near-perfect union. Dry and beautifully floral, it opens in a bouquet of marzipan, peach and honey. The mousse is fine, while supporting acidity lends a lemon peel and grapefruit lift. The memory imprinted on the palate will linger long after all the toasts to the happy couple (or whatever else you're celebrating) have been made. (VB)  (3/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Delicate rose petal and strawberry aromas lure you in for a taste, leading to graceful notes of orange zest, crisp apple, flinty mineral and blanched almond. The finish offers racy acidity. Drink now. 4,000 cases made. (TF)  (2/2017)

K&L Notes

The "Wedding Cuvée" is the very latest iteration of this first-class California sparkling wine, although iteration may be a tad too cool and technical for this festive and elegant wine, what Iron Horse calls their "most romantic bubbly." It's a very pale pink blanc de noirs, from primarily Pinot Noir grapes. Like most Iron Horse sparkling, however, it's fairly dry and lean, with hints of red fruit. A 90+ point wine in recent vintages with all the top wine magazines and critics. This wine, naturally, is made to pair with a variety of foods: "A food friendly wine that works with most styles, sauces, and preparations. Pairs well with full flavored fish, pork chops, and chicken. Also try with crispy kale and stir fried vegetables. All you really need is dark, bittersweet chocolate!" And remember, it's not just for weddings!

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Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/9/2017 | Send Email
Delicate aromas of red berry fruit, lemon peel and pie crust lead into a forward, yet complex palate of red berries, grapefruit and baking spices. It's a lush and ripe style with enough acid retention to keep our Champagne purists happy. This bottle just got an astonishing 96 points from Wine Enthusiast so it's difficult to know if our allocation is going to survive through Valentines day.

Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/8/2017 | Send Email
The sparkling wines from Iron Horse have long been staples in the Domestic Sparkling wine section at K&L. Year after year they knock out shockingly good sparkling wine from their estate in the Green Valley sub-appellation of Russian River Valley. Entirely made in the methode champenoise style these wines rival entry level Champagne in both quality and value, the 2012 Wedding Cuvee bottling being a perfect example of how good these wines can be.
A nutty lead of cashew and filbert are backed by muddled apple flesh and touches of chalk and toasted challah on the nose. Made from 78% Pinot Noir and 22% Chardonnay and with three years tirage this comes off incredibly vinous and richly hued. Considerable Pinot Noir weight and richness dominates the wine with mouthfilling cherry skin, Rainier Cherry, vanilla custard and meringue tones swirling between the firm and fine carbonation. While this toasty, and slightly yeasty sparkler is a great toast/cocktail wine it will also be surprisingly versatile on the table as well. You may even find yourself opening this for exactly no special reason at all…

Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/7/2017 | Send Email
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Not surprising, coming from the great folks at Iron Horse, this sparkler is absolutely beautiful. Pure and clean, nice and dry with just a hint of blush in the color - not only is this one of the very best California has to offer, it is wonderfully festive and versatile. The beautiful balance and refreshing acidity make it pair with quite a lot of foods!
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Keith Palace | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/7/2017 | Send Email
This beautiful sparkler is Iron Horse's take on a classic Blanc de Noirs style wine. It has a toasty nose of strawberry and Mandarin orange aromas with a fruit forward body that is dry but not too acidic. Bright and clean with tiny bubbles and a slight pink hue, this is a perfect Valentine's Day wine! Enjoy now.

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/7/2017 | Send Email
Bright, fruity and aromatic, Iron Horse's Wedding Cuvee is a delightful bottle of bubbly. With a blend of 78% Pinot Noir and 22% Chardonnay, this wine is nicely balanced and easy to drink with citrus and stone fruit notes while the acidity pulls it all together. Made for any occasion, this wine is sure to please a crowd!

Staff Image By: Anthony Gittings | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/7/2017 | Send Email
The 2012 offering from the Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee is spot on. Fantastic stone fruit jumps out of the glass, giving way to a rich full body. Delicate minerality and a balanced dry finish makes this the perfect option for any special occasion.

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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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