Iron Horse Russian Cuvee 2014
Delicious with pumpkin spiced pancakes, cinnamon buns, BLTs, pea soup, goat cheese, blue cheese, crème brulée, rhubarb and raspberry tart, strawberry shortcake.
Blend: 72% Pinot Noir and 28% Chardonnay.
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The Sterling family originally created this wine to mark the Reagan-Gorbachev summit in 1985, blending a cuvée with a rich dosage that nods to the preference in the Russian market for the sweeter side of Brut. That sweetness comes across as juicy Bosc pear and tangerine, balancing the leesy fruit-skin flavors that keep the wine smoky and savory in the end. It’s rich, layered and ready to enjoy on its own. (1,200 cases)
Rich and thick in mousse, this sparkling wine is made in creamy, lush style and it succeeds in delivering plenty of soft supple layers of flavor. Peach and cherry cordial come to mind around flecks of brioche and crème brûlée. It finishes dry
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.
A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, the Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river that flows through it. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, farther from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Representing the topmost expression of a Champagne house, a vintage Champagne is one made from the produce of a single, superior harvest year. Vintage Champagnes account for a mere 5% of total Champagne production and are produced about three times in a decade. Champagne is typically made as a blend of multiple years in order to preserve the house style; these will have non-vintage, or simply, NV on the label. The term, "vintage," as it applies to all wine, simply means a single harvest year.