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Date Printed: 7/25/2014
Iron Horse Russian Cuvee 2008
Iron Horse Russian Cuvee 2008
(search item no. 121722)
boutique wine
has fluid
has fluid 360

Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $35.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Russian Cuvée commemorates the style of sparkling we made for the historic Reagan-Gorbachev Summit Meetings ending the Cold War. Although richer and fuller than the Classic Vintage Brut and the Brut X, the higher dosage doesn't come across as sweet, just more creamy.

A perfect sipping wine, ideally paired with briny hors d'oeuvres such as smoked salmon on potato cakes, fresh oysters with mignonette or poached shrimp with remoulade sauce.

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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.