2015 Iron Horse Wedding Cuvée, Green Valley of Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, Magnum
This is Iron Horse’s most romantic bubbly. We describe the 2015 Wedding Cuvée as dangerously easy to drink. Warm straw color with a pure mousse, this fruit forward, elegantly dry bubbly, displays ultra tiny bubbles and an exceedingly long finish.
By nose: Raspberry, mandarin orange peel and nutmeg. By mouth: Stone fruit, pink grapefruit, Tahitian lime, blood orange, raspberry with a gentle mouthfeel. A food friendly wine that works with many different styles, sauces and preparations. Pairs well with full flavored fish, pork chops, and chicken. Also try with crispy kale and stir fried vegetables. All you really need is dark, bittersweet chocolate!
Wedding Cuvée is our interpretation of a Blanc de Noirs. In blending this wine we chose Pinot Noir lots that were extremely expressive and fruit forward. Then in a decided step away from convention, we blend in a bit of steely Chardonnay to add a firm acid backbone. Hand harvested in the chill of early morning our Pinot Noir is gently pressed as whole clusters. The juice slowly ferments in stainless steel tanks at 62° to 65°f retaining bright fruit aromas and flavors in the wine. The dosage for the 2015 Wedding Cuvée is 7 mls Blanc de Noirs Lex and 4 ml 2016 Rued Chardonnay.
Appellation: Green Valley of Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
Iron Horse is one of Sonoma County’s most prestigious, small, independent, estate, family owned wineries located in cool, foggy Green Valley. Iron Horse Sparkling Wines have been served at the White House for five consecutive presidential administrations, beginning with the Reagan-Gorbachev Summit Meeting in Geneva on November 20, 1985, which led to the end of the Cold War. Wine & Spirits Magazine has named Iron Horse Sparkling Winery of the Year nine times. From the beginning, Robert Parker has said, “These impressive Sparkling Wines…possess more texture and flavor than just about any sparkler I have tasted from California.”
Was 2015 a particularly good vintage? You can find 750s of this for most of their vintages anywhere from $30-50. Are people excited about the large format? What am I missing?!? Give me reasons to spend!
If you can find 750s of this for $30, please let us know where to get them!
FWIW, the 2016 750ml sells for $48 on the Iron Horse website and this 2015 magnum goes for $149. Large format bottles almost always run more than 2x their 750ml counterparts, as there is more overhead in that they are limited production items with expensive, heavy bottles and unique closures, labels, etc. which involve special bottling processes and hand labeling because the standard machinery isn’t cut out to handle the bigger bottles.
There is also the benefit of longer aging in a large format bottle for those who might want to cellar the wine for awhile.
What can I say about the map…Looks like NEO has gone wild on this offer!! Too many of us to be splitting a great offer!! The two bottle offer is great for us that want to start celebrating and not having storage room!