Iron Horse Blend 1 1998

Red Blends from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 28880
  • red wine
  • WS88

Winemaker's Notes

Winemakers Tasting Notes This wine is one of two Cabernet based blends from T-bar T in 1998 Of all the possible combinations and premutations, two distinct wines emerged as the best of the vintage. Blend 1 shows predominately sweet ripe fruit, intense aromas and flavors. Natural Farming Philosophy The creek beds and acres of wild blackberries that intersect the vineyard have been allowed to revert to their natural state, hosting an ecological balance between good and bad insects, allowing for minimal intervention. Vineyard Specifics: The grapes for this wine come from Winemaker Forrest Tancer's family estate in the northeast corner of the Alexander Valley. The property sits in the foothills rising to an elevation of 800 feet. It is very steep and rugged, with great outcroppings of serpentine, California's state rock. Out of 475 acres, only 60 are planted to vine. Average Age of the Vines 15 years average Harvest Dates: October 7 through October 28, 1998 Winemaking Techniques: Hand harvested grapes were destemmed into stainless steel tanks where they were cold soaked for seven days prior to fermentation. Before fermentation was complete, the new wine aws pressed gently from the skins and transfered to French and American oak barrels. The fermentation went to completion in these barrels, where the wine was aged until blending and bottling. Barrels Combination French and American Oak Blend 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot

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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...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...

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MNC5638F _1998
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