Iron Horse Vineyards Classic Vintage Brut 2011

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Wonderfully complex aromas of yeast, brioche, sweet almost peachy and tangelo fruit fill the glass. Made in a brighter, tenser style this shows off steely mineral notes up front, followed by subtle yeast tones well integrated on the lemon zest and lemon pith rich midpalate. very refined and long on the finish with a bit of clay minerals the finish with a hint of fruit cake with tart plums on the finale. very precise and elegant. 91pts

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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 Vineyards Classic Vintage Brut

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065215,759
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 12/23/2013

Wonderfully complex aromas of yeast, brioche, sweet almost peachy and tangelo fruit fill the glass. Made in a brighter, tenser style this shows off steely mineral notes up front, followed by subtle yeast tones well integrated on the lemon zest and lemon pith rich midpalate. very refined and long on the finish with a bit of clay minerals the finish with a hint of fruit cake with tart plums on the finale. very precise and elegant. 91pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065215,759
4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 12/16/2009

Notes of beeswax, white mushroom, rose petals, and radish greet the nose in this wonderfully fresh and very white smelling wine. In the mouth this has a huge presence with subtle berry and citrus tones that are crisp and crunchy. There’s a touch of sweetness but it is very well integrated leaving this full of freshness and a feeling that makes me think of freshly washed linens. 92pts


Member Reviews for Iron Horse Vineyards Classic Vintage Brut

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065215,759
4.60 5
Vintage: 2009 12/23/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578085,748
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 06/10/2012

Great Russian River Sparkler. Very dry with yeast, almonds and a fantastic finish.


Snooth User: Pyrifera
564071,107
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 04/18/2012

Aromas and flavors of honeyed raisins. Crisp and well balanced.


Snooth User: JoyBubbles
17108652
5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 08/31/2009

Rich, creamy, classic and elegant. Sends off memory bells that say "champagne" because of the finesse and mastery of the technique, but the fruit is unmistakeably Sonoma County, Russian River, Green Valley and most specifically Iron Horse.


Snooth User: drquinn
43735429
3.50 5
Vintage: 2004 06/06/2011

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
2.50 5
Vintage: 2003 05/21/2008

Lighter in style than the Blanc de Blanc and less intense. Crisp sparkler but not a lot of intensity.


Snooth User: Solomon127
438220
3.50 5
Vintage: 2002 02/18/2008

Three and a half glasses


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External Reviews for Iron Horse Vineyards Classic Vintage Brut

External Review
Vintage: 2007 11/27/2012

Seamless from start to finish, both rich and elegantly sleek. Floral Asian pear and creamy almond aromas lead to complex and delicately balanced flavors of lively lemon and raspberry, plus ginger and spice. The finish lingers beautifully.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 10/13/2010

This bottling spent 4 years on the lees before disgorging. This adds a notable complexity that will impress. Made from a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 09/23/2011

"By nose: Meyer lemon and Filbert nut. By mouth: ripe red apple


External Review
Vintage: 2005 09/29/2010

By nose: Meyer lemon and Filbert nut. By mouth: ripe red apple, yeast and a touchof lemon zest. Best when served with food, pair with anything spicy, salted or fried. Great with French fries, popcorn,chips and salsa, potato chips and onion dip and grilled steak


External Review
Vintage: 2004 12/11/2009

A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2004 Iron Horse Classic Vintage Brut 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2003 09/29/2010

By nose: Meyer lemon and Filbert nut. By mouth: ripe red apple, yeast and a touchof lemon zest. Best when served with food, pair with anything spicy, salted or fried. Great with French fries, popcorn,chips and salsa, potato chips and onion dip and grilled steak.


External Review
Vintage: 2002 01/17/2009

Wine & Spirits ReviewThis feels cool and clean, touched by the coastal fog. The blend includes more pinot noir than chardonnay, which gives a hint of red fruit skin to wrap around the softer, leesy complexity. The flavors ride high in the mouth, delicious with grilled prawns.Wine Tasting NotesThe most traditional of the Iron Horse Sparklings. A classy blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, aged an average of four years on the yeast in the bottle. Wonderfully rich and creamy, it sends all kinds of memory bells that say "champagne", though the fruit is unmistakably Sonoma County-Green Valley. It is vintage quality in every sense of the word.


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