Grape(s): 73% Pinot Noir, 27% Chardonnay
Localization: Green Valley of Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, USA
Tasting Notes: By nose – rising dough, orange marmalade and baked apple. By mouth – ripe red apple, mandarin orange and hazelnut.
Notes: The 2016 Classic Vintage Brut is considered the "flagship" of the Iron Horse bubblies as it shows everything the family strives to accomplish, striking memory bells that say "champagne" in quality and finesse, but with flavors that are unmistakably Sonoma County, Russian River, Green Valley and most distinctly Iron Horse.
Food Pairing: A perfect wine with poached eggs, smoked salmon and toast, salade Nicoise, hard cheeses, classic roast chicken with Yukon gold potatoes, harvest pear crisp with candied ginger.
93 Points - Wine Spectator: Plush and creamy with a beam of fresh acidity that accentuates the baked apple, strawberry and toasty brioche flavors that expand on a long finish. Drink now through 2022.
The Domain: Iron Horse is one of Sonoma County’s most beautiful, small, independent, estate, family-owned wineries. It is in cool, foggy Green Valley. The founding partners, Audrey and Barry Sterling first saw our property in the pouring rain in February 1976. Driving down Ross Station Road, they were sure they were lost until they crested the knoll and viewed 300 acres of gently rolling hills, that looked like Camelot. Incurable romantics with extraordinary vision, bought the property in just two weeks.
Iron Horse is renowned for its Sparkling Wines, which have been served at the White House for six consecutive presidential administrations, beginning with the historic Reagan-Gorbachev Summit Meetings ending the Cold War.
The winery produces a limited-production, vintage Blanc de Blancs, called Ocean Reserve, in partnership with National Geographic. The winery contributes $4 for each bottle sold to establish marine protected areas and reduce over-fishing around the globe.
Iron Horse Chardonnay is signature Green Valley – bright, crisp, clean, cool-climate perfection. Pinot Noir is the winery’s rising star. Current releases include eight single-vineyard Pinots, each representing a specific vineyard block on the estate.
Iron Horse has been named an American icon in “Icons of the American Market Place” published by Random House.
The estate was named after a railroad stop that crossed the property in the 1890s. Winemaker Rodney Strong rediscovered it as a vineyard site in 1970, planting the original 55 acres of Chardonnay and 55 acres of Pinot Noir.