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Date Printed: 8/1/2014
Iron Horse Estate Pinot Noir 2002
Iron Horse Estate Pinot Noir 2002
(search item no. 81896)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/1/2014: $32.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The most distinctive character of Iron Horse Pinot Noir is that it goes beyond the bright fruit character typical of the Russian River area, showing deeper, more earthy flavors that are special to Green Valley. This is a very expressive, stylish wine. It has extraordinary depth of character and yet the weight and texture of the wine are so light and silky, it just glides across the palette.

Here are our top ten dishes that we love with Pinot Noir: Tea smoked Liberty Duck Breast, Broiled Figs with Point Reyes Original Blue and Balsamic vinegar, Roasted Guinea Hen, Grilled Salmon Salad with Arugula and Laura Chenel Chevre, Boeuf a la Bourguignonne, Macaroni and Cheese with Cheddar and Bacon, Grilled Lamb Chops with rosemary, Seared Maine scallops with wild Chanterelles, chili rubbed Spare ribs bbqed over grapevines, sea salt seasoned French fries.

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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.