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Iron Horse Vineyards

Wine tasting at Iron Horse Vineyards in Green Valley of Russian River Valley, CA

Profile: Iron Horse Vineyards is probably one of the best-known boutique wineries in Northern California. This is due, in large part, to the winery's reputation as one of America's finest sparkling wine producers. In recent years, the winery has begun to earn recognition for its lineup of still wines but Iron Horse continues to make strides on the international market as a top maker of bubbly. The estate is situated in a cool microclimate of Northern California's Green Valley ideal for growing the grapes of Champagne. As a result, the winery is able to produces sparkling wines in a variety of styles including Blanc de Blancs, Brut, Late Disgorged Brut, Blanc de Noirs and Brut Rosé.

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Wine label of Iron Horse Vineyards Joy! Rosé

Joy! Rosé
Varietal/Style: Brut Rosé
Russian River Valley, CA
Vintage: MV
Winemaker: David Munksgard
Rating: 15.5/20
Retail Price: $160 (1.5 L)

Tasting Notes:
One of the winery's most special bottlings is Joy!, which is produced only in magnums. Joy! is made in Brut and Brut Rosé styles, both of which are aged 10-15 years before release. The Rosé is a voluptuous wine with red berry flavors and an underlying meaty note. It has the yeasty aromas and flavors of a well-aged sparkling wine yet the freshness of bright acidity. Try it with tuna tartar, a brunch of poached eggs in truffle butter, roast chicken stuffed with lemon and herbs or a plate of fresh and aged goats' milk cheeses.

Wine of the Week September 27, 2010:
Joy! Rosé

Other Iron Horse wines we have tasted:
2003 Brut LD
2004 Brut LD
2004 Chinese Cuvée
2005 Brut Rosé
2005 Ultra Brut
2006 Brut Rosé
2006 Brut X
2006 Classic Vintage Brut
2006 Ocean Reserve
2006 Russian Cuvée
2006 Wedding Cuvée
2007 Brut Rosé
2007 Brut X
2007 Classic Vintage Brut
2007 Fairy Tale Cuvée
2007 Russian Cuvée
2007 Wedding Cuvée
2008 Brut X
2008 Classic Vintage Brut
2008 Estate Chardonnay
2008 Native Yeast Chardonnay
2008 Ocean Reserve
2008 Russian Cuvée
2008 Wedding Cuvée
2009 Heritage Clone Chardonnay
2009 "M" Chardonnay
2009 Wedding Cuvée
2010 Corral Vineyard Chardonnay
2010 Rued Clone Chardonnay
2010 UnOaked Chardonnay

9786 Ross Station Rd.
Sebastopol, CA

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