Iron Horse Vineyards Champagne Blend Green Valley Classic Vintage Brut 2001

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Technical Data Appellation: Green Valley of Russian River Valley Blend: 70% Pinot Noir 30% Chardonnay Alcohol: 13.0% v/v Acidity: .85 g/100ml Residual Sugar: 0.69 g/100ml pH: 3.16 Malolactic Fermentation: None Barrels: 15% Barrel Fermented Winemaking: Hand harvested in the chilly fog of early morning, our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes are gently pressed as whole clusters yielding base wines of great delicacy. The juice ferments slowly at 62° to 65° f retaining vibrant fruit esters. In blending this wine we chose Pinot Noir and Chardonnay lots that were a bit shy by nose but have lean and angular elements by mouth. What was once shy now exhibits wonderful complexity and creaminess that comes from four plus years of aging on the yeast. The dosage for this wine is 8 ml of Blanc de Blanc LEX. Tasting Notes & Food Pairings: By nose; fresh bread, apple blossom and nutmeg. By mouth; brisk acidity, green apple and ripe melon. Pair with raw oysters, Raw vegetables with warm butter or olive oil dipping sauce, French fries with sea salt, aioli or mayonnaise, Aged goat and sheep cheeses, Terrines and pates, Gravlox of salmon or halibut.

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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

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Snooth User: hipergas
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06/10/2008

Three and a half glasses



Technical Data Appellation: Green Valley of Russian River Valley Blend: 70% Pinot Noir 30% Chardonnay Alcohol: 13.0% v/v Acidity: .85 g/100ml Residual Sugar: 0.69 g/100ml pH: 3.16 Malolactic Fermentation: None Barrels: 15% Barrel Fermented Winemaking: Hand harvested in the chilly fog of early morning, our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes are gently pressed as whole clusters yielding base wines of great delicacy. The juice ferments slowly at 62° to 65° f retaining vibrant fruit esters. In blending this wine we chose Pinot Noir and Chardonnay lots that were a bit shy by nose but have lean and angular elements by mouth. What was once shy now exhibits wonderful complexity and creaminess that comes from four plus years of aging on the yeast. The dosage for this wine is 8 ml of Blanc de Blanc LEX. Tasting Notes & Food Pairings: By nose; fresh bread, apple blossom and nutmeg. By mouth; brisk acidity, green apple and ripe melon. Pair with raw oysters, Raw vegetables with warm butter or olive oil dipping sauce, French fries with sea salt, aioli or mayonnaise, Aged goat and sheep cheeses, Terrines and pates, Gravlox of salmon or halibut.

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