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|Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2014 (based on 2 user opinions)|
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Community Tasting Notes (average 19 notes) - and median of 89 pts. in hiding notes with no text
| ||Tasted by Ecb1456 on 4/29/2015 & rated 88 points: Fading quickly. A lot of the bite is gone. Apple flavor no longer crisp and getting a little soft. Yeast components are still present but turning slightly bitter in its old age. Still a decent bubbly but a little like a great boxer past its prime it is getting a little soft around the middle. Drink now. (126 views)|
| ||Tasted by Ecb1456 on 4/9/2015 & rated 87 points: Slightly past its prime and not the greatest of vintages from these guys. Light lemon and yeast to the nose. Bright green apples up front with a slightly burnt caramel touch. Not bad but this brut is usually a lot more interesting. Stood up well to meatloaf. (178 views)|
| ||Tasted by North316 on 1/2/2014 & rated 87 points: Nice solid sparkler. Dry, crisp, with nice pear and citrus notes (739 views)|
| ||Tasted by agorman on 12/22/2013 & rated 90 points: Very pale lemony color with small, moderate bubbles. Dry, light and easy to drink. We had it with mild, tasty soft cheeses (hostess didn't remember names), but my sense is that it would pair well with many foods. Refreshing minerality, smooth. This is not one of the toasty, creamy sparklers Donna prefers, but it remains one of our favorites. (701 views)|
| ||Tasted by thelostverse on 6/7/2013 & rated 91 points: Very effervescent and fine mousse. Almost a rose profile (although almost clear in color) with raspberry and ginger notes with a touch of spice. (1157 views)|
| ||Tasted by galewskj on 12/9/2012 & rated 88 points: A very good traditional effort for a California sparkler. A lively palate with good acidity, fresh apple and a little yeast. A bit simple, but nice. (1587 views)|
| ||Tasted by rocknroller on 12/8/2012 & rated 88 points: Holiday Party (Gail and Steph's, Mpls, MN): Pale gold color. Drank 1 glass. Very pure green apple notes on the nose, perhaps some kumquat, hints of white blossums, very tiny bubbles. The palate is light, lively, apple, peach, floral, good acids. Well made and very enjoyable. (1648 views)|
| ||Tasted by vin0vin0 on 10/7/2012 & rated 90 points: Excellent sparkly from one of my favorites in Russian River. Dry, crisp, acidic with bright fruit, slight touch of pink grapefruit and a great finish. (1313 views)|
| ||Tasted by bzell on 8/11/2012 & rated 85 points: Very light in color with crisp clean minerals. Easy to drink. (1310 views)|
| ||Tasted by bbakove on 4/21/2012 & rated 88 points: Palest yellow color, light yeast on the nose and palate, well balanced with crisp acidity, this sparkler always pleases! (1372 views)|
| ||Tasted by Jokermac on 4/1/2012 & rated 83 points: Think 7-up infused with pear. (1080 views)|
Iron Horse Vineyards Producer website
9786 Ross Station Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Champagne BlendThe typical champagne blend is of three grapes - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. Wines labeled as 'Blanc de Blancs' are by definition all Chardonnay, and wines labeled as 'Blanc de Noirs' contain Pinot Noir, Meunier or both in the blend.
There are how ever three additional grape varieties planted (Arbane, Petit Meslier and Pinot Blanc) and used in Champagne, they could be called legacy grapes and do not represent significant portion of the grapes used (<0.01%?). It is not permitted to plant more of these varieties.
However, sparkling wines that are not Champagne (i.e. not grown in the area legally allowed that name in France) may be made of several other grapes, too. For example, Markko Vineyards 'Excelsior' was given the name 'Champagne' with tongue-in-cheek, as the winemaker has embarked on a program to educate his consumers away from the use of the 'C' word. This wine is actually made like many German Sekts, from Riesling.
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