Iron Horse Vineyards
2012 Wedding Cuvee
California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
Congratulations! You are about to purchase one of the finest sparkling wines available - and at a price that’ll have you stocking up. You’ll want plenty on hand through the summer and into the New Year.
Today’s Iron Horse Vineyards 2012 Wedding Cuvee has earned many a 90+ point score, including a 96 point score from Wine Enthusiast.
Beautiful aromas of white raspberry, tangerine peel, crème brûlée, subtle copper, brioche and subtle chalk.
So elegant and delicious on the palate, with mixed citrus, dried orange peel, fresh nectarine, blood orange and subtle copper.
A perfect cocktail or appetizer bubbly, this wine has the longest finish we’ve ever experienced in a sparkling wine. Enjoy this wine now or stock some away for the next several years.
Serve with with a wide range of lighter foods or appetizers. We think that cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches would be perfect. Just be sure to cut them into heart shapes before serving them!
Iron Horse Vineyards, so named for the train stop in Sonoma’s Green Valley, is famous for adhering to the strict methode champenoise on its classic and delicious sparking gems.
Sonoma County Green Valley AVA is located on the western edge of the Russian River Valley and is separately designated. Its cooler climate and distinct sandy soil is ideal for sparkling wine, as is exemplified in today’s featured wine. Today’s exceptional selection is a low-sugar masterpiece made from 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay estate grapes.
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
96 points - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast - “An offering meant to toast all manner of celebrations, this wine wows, blending 78% Pinot Noir with 22% Chardonnay in a near-perfect union. Dry and beautifully floral, it opens in a bouquet of marzipan, peach and honey. The mousse is fine, while supporting acidity lends a lemon peel and grapefruit lift. The memory imprinted on the palate will linger long after all the toasts to the happy couple—or whatever else you’re celebrating—have been made.”
92 points - Wilfred Wong - “Romance and wine: two subjects that strike close to the heart. For incurable romantics, it is all about the courtship, the setting and the final proposal. For serious oenophiles, it is about the wine itself and how well it was put together. The 2012 Iron Horse Wedding Cuvée is a sparkling wine that has the stuff to meld these two concepts together. While the wine’s seemingly easy texture places it in the extra dry category, it actually belongs in the Blanc de Noirs Brut grouping as its slightly pink hue suggests. While the wine is beautifully dry, it is far from too acidic, making a perfect wedding day wine. Here is a toast to a wine that is both romantic and serious. Drinking perfectly now.”
91 points - Wine Spectator - “Delicate rose petal and strawberry aromas lure you in for a taste, leading to graceful notes of orange zest, crisp apple, flinty mineral and blanched almond. The finish offers racy acidity. Drink now.”
Rose gold hues that are unique to any sparkling wine that we’ve seen in these last ten years! Bubbles present a continuous upward cascade in the glass. A fine layer of mousse sits atop the wine.
White raspberry, tangerine peel, crème brûlée, subtle copper, brioche and subtle chalk.
Mixed citrus, dried orange peel, fresh nectarine, blood orange and subtle copper.
Gentle and elegant on entry, with a fine mousse that plumes just a little on the palate. Softly drying with fine, soft tannins.
Pair this with friends, family, loved ones or anyone that you are celebrating! Fruits and cheeses work nicely, too. As do fish & fowl.
What the Winery Says
- David Munksgard
- 78% Pinot Noir
- 22% Chardonnay
- Russian River Valley
- Harvest Date
- Aug 21 - Sep10, 2013
- .76 g/100ml
- .50 g/100ml
- Bottling Date
- July 2014
- 5900 cases