2012 Iron Horse "Wedding Cuvée" Green Valley of Russian River Valley Brut Sparkling Wine SKU #1260007


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K&L Notes

The "Wedding Cuvée" is the very latest iteration of this first-class California sparkling wine, although iteration may be a tad too cool and technical for this festive and elegant wine, what Iron Horse calls their "most romantic bubbly." It's a very pale pink blanc de noirs, from primarily Pinot Noir grapes. Like most Iron Horse sparkling, however, it's fairly dry and lean, with hints of red fruit. A 90+ point wine in recent vintages with all the top wine magazines and critics. This wine, naturally, is made to pair with a variety of foods: "A food friendly wine that works with most 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!" And remember, it's not just for weddings!

Staff Reviews

  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    Delicate aromas of red berry fruit, lemon peel and pie crust lead into a forward, yet complex palate of red berries, grapefruit and baking spices. It's a lush and ripe style with enough acid retention to keep our Champagne purists happy. This bottle just got an astonishing 96 points from Wine Enthusiast so it's difficult to know if our allocation is going to survive through Valentines day.
  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    The sparkling wines from Iron Horse have long been staples in the Domestic Sparkling wine section at K&L. Year after year they knock out shockingly good sparkling wine from their estate in the Green Valley sub-appellation of Russian River Valley. Entirely made in the methode champenoise style these wines rival entry level Champagne in both quality and value, the 2012 Wedding Cuvee bottling being a perfect example of how good these wines can be. <br> A nutty lead of cashew and filbert are backed by muddled apple flesh and touches of chalk and toasted challah on the nose. Made from 78% Pinot Noir and 22% Chardonnay and with three years tirage this comes off incredibly vinous and richly hued. Considerable Pinot Noir weight and richness dominates the wine with mouthfilling cherry skin, Rainier Cherry, vanilla custard and meringue tones swirling between the firm and fine carbonation. While this toasty, and slightly yeasty sparkler is a great toast/cocktail wine it will also be surprisingly versatile on the table as well. You may even find yourself opening this for exactly no special reason at all…
  • Shaun Green
    By: Shaun Green
    K&L Staff Member
    Not surprising, coming from the great folks at Iron Horse, this sparkler is absolutely beautiful. Pure and clean, nice and dry with just a hint of blush in the color - not only is this one of the very best California has to offer, it is wonderfully festive and versatile. The beautiful balance and refreshing acidity make it pair with quite a lot of foods!
    Top Value!
  • Keith Palace
    By: Keith Palace
    K&L Staff Member
    This beautiful sparkler is Iron Horse's take on a classic Blanc de Noirs style wine. It has a toasty nose of strawberry and Mandarin orange aromas with a fruit forward body that is dry but not too acidic. Bright and clean with tiny bubbles and a slight pink hue, this is a perfect Valentine's Day wine! Enjoy now.
  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    Bright, fruity and aromatic, Iron Horse's Wedding Cuvee is a delightful bottle of bubbly. With a blend of 78% Pinot Noir and 22% Chardonnay, this wine is nicely balanced and easy to drink with citrus and stone fruit notes while the acidity pulls it all together. Made for any occasion, this wine is sure to please a crowd!
  • Anthony Gittings
    By: Anthony Gittings
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2012 offering from the Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee is spot on. Fantastic stone fruit jumps out of the glass, giving way to a rich full body. Delicate minerality and a balanced dry finish makes this the perfect option for any special occasion.


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