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Iron Horse Estate Rose de Pinot Noir 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

By nose: Strawberry and raspberry. By mouth: rich and full bodied with intense raspberry fruit. Our Rosé of Pinot Noir has ample body and structure to enable it to pair wonderfully with a range of dishes. On the lighter side - watermelon, feta & basil salad or bay scallop cevice with fresh avocado. Or go for bolder flavors such as grilled oregano chicken skewers with lemon aioli or a rack of sweet and mildly spicy barbequed ribs.

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Iron Horse Vineyards:
Drive past the berry farms on Ross Station Road, past the point where you can’t imagine there’s anything at the end of the road, crest the knoll and be awestruck as the view opens up to 350 acres covered with grape vines. Continue down the hill, across a small bridge, past the vegetable gardens, up a winding oak lined drive, between a row of alternating palm and olive trees and finally to the c... Read more
Drive past the berry farms on Ross Station Road, past the point where you can’t imagine there’s anything at the end of the road, crest the knoll and be awestruck as the view opens up to 350 acres covered with grape vines. Continue down the hill, across a small bridge, past the vegetable gardens, up a winding oak lined drive, between a row of alternating palm and olive trees and finally to the charming Iron Horse Winery, where you will enjoy a stunning view all the way across Sonoma County to Mt. St. Helena. The winery is best known for its Sparkling Wines. The Obama Adminstration is the fifth consecutive presidental administration to serve Iron Horse at the White House, a tradition that began in 1985 with the historic U.S.-Russian Summit Meetings ending the Cold War. The Chardonnay is cool climate perfection. Pinot Noir is the winery’s rising star wine. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Iron Horse Estate Rose de Pinot Noir

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 12/23/2013

Floral with sweet caramel accents to the Brie yeastiness on the nose with a subtle edge of toastiness, and candied apple undertones Floral on entry and quite sweet with lots of fruit, a bit of strawberry, lots of sweet pear, sweetness adds richness here but obscures the detail. Some fine strawberry suggestions emerge on the backend along with plenty of yeasty complexity. The finish is a pop of sweetness then cleansing acid, wrapped in a moderately creamy, rich mouthfeel. 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
2.50 5
Vintage: 2005 12/16/2009

Really yeasty on the nose with sweet, ripe fruit notes. On the palate this is surprisingly hard and very dry with an assertive earthy, and almost metallic tone over rich strawberry fruit but finishes with some bitter, and dirty notes that detract from the impressive depth this offers. 83pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 12/16/2009

This immediately impresses with huge lemon curd and biscuit notes on the nsoe that are vivid and complex and layered over notes of dried apricot. The mousse is slightly coarse though this is really very well balanced with deep, earthy flavors. The acids keep this so well balanced and accentuate the elegance and length this offers. 91pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
3.50 5
Vintage: 2004 12/16/2009

Mineral on the nose with notes of dried fruits, dried dates, and apply fruit. In the mouth this is lovely and strong with a core of apple and citrus fruits married to a medium bodied wine with a superfine mousse. 88pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: NV 12/16/2009

out of magnum – Crisp on the nose with great focus and finesse to the apricot pit, pear, herb, steely mineral and yeast aromas. In the mouth this is subtle and crisp with a top note of sassafras overly the unabashedly fruity, and gently sweet mid-palate that is laced with vanilla and honey. An in your face style of bubbly but in it’s own way very appealing. 91pts


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Snooth User: Amanda Schuster
8703411,996
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 03/26/2012

Gorgeous sparkler. Vibrant strawberry and tart cherries, delicate bubbles, slightly biscuity. A perfect aperitif!


Snooth User: Pyrifera
564071,107
2.00 5
Vintage: 2010 04/18/2012

Strawberry and citrus aromas, with some lighter fruit flavors. Enjoyable but veering toward being too light.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 12/23/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Pyrifera
564071,107
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 04/18/2012

Same base as the Classic Vintage Brut, but slightly sweeter and fruitier. Apple and pear aromas and flavors. Great nose. Definitely sweeter but not a "sweet wine".


Snooth User: vin117
4363422
2.50 5
Vintage: 2006 02/16/2008

Nice and solid


Snooth User: jmf
72594683
2.50 5
Vintage: 2006 03/09/2009

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,217
2.50 5
Vintage: 2005 12/04/2009

funky, herbal aromas and a little bitter on the palate, under-riped fruit, green raspberries, old yeast and earthy, but doesn't balance well with the fruit


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External Reviews for Iron Horse Estate Rose de Pinot Noir

External Review
Vintage: 2009 09/23/2011

"By nose: Watermelon and raspberry. By mouth: Cantaloupe


External Review
Vintage: 2006 01/17/2009

Wine Enthusiast ReviewThis has long been one of the best Sauvignon Blanc-Viognier blends in California, and the '06 continues that tradition. Coming from a cool vintage, it's very dry and racy, with a scour of acidity and stony, minerally flavors, with touches of citrus blossom and wildflower. No, it's not a fruit bomb, but it's a sleek, elegant wine, in the European tradition.Wine Tasting NotesThis is a unique blend of Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Viognier. The grapes come from the T-bar-T vineyard in the Alexander Valley. The perfume of the smells exactly like the vineyard smells in spring, when all the white flowers are in bloom. This is our last vintage of producing this special, proprietary white.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 01/17/2009

Wine tasting NotesThis is a young, bright, exciting, fresh, pure expression of Green Valley fruit from a superlative vintage. It has a very, very pretty nose. The flavors are Gravenstein apple and complex citrus with a hint of lime, which is part of the Iron Horse signature along with a distinct minerality. It is ultra smooth and surprisingly creamy. Cinnamon and nutmeg contribute to dreamy associations with creme brulee.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 11/04/2011

The 2005 Brut Rose is an authentic rose with the grapes left on the skins to extract the deep rose color. A blend of 81% Pinot Noir and 19% Chardonnay aged 4 years on the yeast in the bottle, it boasts abundant aromas of framboise, wild strawberries,... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2005 Iron Horse Brut Rose 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2005 03/19/2013

Exotic and bold, yet retains an underlying elegance. Offers delicate strawberry and yeasty almond aromas and mature but lively cherry, red apple and spicy vanilla flavors. Drink now through 2013. 968 cases made. -TF Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2005 Iron Horse Brut Rose 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2005 02/14/2011

By nose, raspberry, Crenshaw melon and hint of tangerine. In the mouth really ripestrawberry (yet dry), definitely a Pinot Noir. The perfect wine with a beautiful steak dinner, grilled tuna, duck, ham, turkey,roasted squash, wild mushrooms and chestnuts. It is a great choice for Thanksgiving


External Review
Vintage: 2005 09/23/2011

"By nose: Filbert nut


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By nose: Strawberry and raspberry. By mouth: rich and full bodied with intense raspberry fruit. Our Rosé of Pinot Noir has ample body and structure to enable it to pair wonderfully with a range of dishes. On the lighter side - watermelon, feta & basil salad or bay scallop cevice with fresh avocado. Or go for bolder flavors such as grilled oregano chicken skewers with lemon aioli or a rack of sweet and mildly spicy barbequed ribs.

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Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.6% pH: 3.18
Sugar: 1 grams per liter Total Acidity: 6.2 grams per liter

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