Russian Cuvee commemorates the style of Sparkling that Iron Horse made for the historic
Reagan-Gorbachev Summit Meetings, which ended the Cold War. It is the sweetest of their cuvees - right on
the edge of Brut level dry and hits a perfect balance point. The higher dosage doesn't come across as sweet,
per se, but makes the wine richer and more floral.
Russian Cuvee was originally designed as a toasting wine. It is exceptional with foie gras (for
the same reason Sauterne goes with foie gras) as well as the sweet and sour tastes of many Asian
dishes. It is surprising with vine-ripened tomatoes and when October rolls around, a fabulous cocktail is
Russian Cuvee with a handful of pomegranate seeds bobbing in the glass. For dessert, almond cake with
strawberries and whipped cream, or anything to do with ginger.
The appearance of this wine is very light, almost clear. Little depth in the color (1 of 2). The bouquet is light and has just the faintest flowery hint to it (2 of 4). This wine does have a very nice presentation however. It is very easy to drink, and a light slightly sweet (This is no Brut!) body with little depth gives the drinker nothing at which to take offense (5 of 10). Overall, this sparkling wine will have broad appeal as per the winemakers design, but it will not excite any experienced wine fans. (2 of 4). I'll keep a half case of this on hand for events to which I need to bring a mass-appeal sparkling wine. TOTAL: 10 of 20