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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Iron Horse Classic Vintage Brut 1998
Iron Horse Classic Vintage Brut 1998
(search item no. 60938)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $32.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Everything about this wine is a lift. It is extremely refined, almost weightless, yet incredibly rich and has a freshness that belies the wines age. Drinking perfectly now. We feel this is the best of the best.

Food Pairing: Incredible with a new favorite appetizer - warm endive salad with shaved Parmigiano and truffles, Maine lobster and corn cakes and caramelized quinea fowl with morel risotto.

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About Iron Horse:

A pioneer in the Green Valley appellation within the Russian River area of Sonoma County, the Iron Horse family is building a legacy of prestige sparkling wines and elegant estate-bottled Chardonnay and Pinot Noir within a "holistic" environment of natural balance, cultivation and love of the land.

Iron Horse is best known for its Sparkling Wines, which have been served at the White House since 1985, beginning with the historic U.S.-Russian Summit Meetings ending the Cold War, at the White House Millennium celebrations ushering in the new century, and at the White House dinner honoring the Pope.

Their Chardonnay is considered a signature wine for the cool, foggy Green Valley region. Pinot Noir is the winery's rising star wine.

Iron Horse has been named an American icon in a reference book published by Random House called "Icons of the American Market Place". Listed in alphabetical order, Iron Horse takes its place between iPod and Jack Daniel’s, validating Iron Horse’s reputation as a brand backed by pride, passion and quality.

The Iron Horse name came from a train that cut across the property in the 1890s. The logo, the rampant horse on a weather vane, came from a 19th century weathervane found while clearing away the rubble to build the winery.