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|Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2016 (based on 3 user opinions)|
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Community Tasting Notes (average 9 notes) - and median of 88 pts. in hiding notes with no text
| ||Tasted by klezman on 5/11/2015: Earth and mushroom with bits of cherry and spice. Excellent Russian river Pinot without the candied notes that often happen with these wines. Love Iron Horse as usual. (781 views)|
| ||Tasted by klezman on 4/7/2014: Dirty, earthy, cherry, a bit of cola/syrup. Great wine, a touch less acid than might be ideal but very tasty indeed. As with most Iron Horse wines, also not sure it's worth the winery price but with a 25%+ discount it's a great buy. (1919 views)|
| ||Tasted by jrg01 on 4/5/2014 & rated 92 points: Very smooth with an excellent balance of fruit and earth (926 views)|
| ||Tasted by KSWinegeek on 3/24/2014 & rated 88 points: Attractive color on lighter side of domestic Pinot spectrum. Earthy cherry nose. Cherry flavors, but just just does not sustain. (982 views)|
| ||Tasted by SeattlePaul on 2/19/2014 & rated 88 points: Very pleasant drinking, reasonable amounts of fruit, but not over the top. Pricey for what it is. (1002 views)|
| ||Tasted by agorman on 6/18/2013 & rated 88 points: Very deep, dark inviting red color. Full, fruity nose. Taste of luscious, ripe red fruit and earth that lingers on the tongue. More subtle than many California pinots. Good balance. (939 views)|
| ||Tasted by bzell on 5/19/2013 & rated 87 points: Easy to drink subtle Pinot. Not like other RRV pinots much more Burgundian with subtle aromas of dark fruit and a light fruit forward flavors on the palate. A well balanced wine with not a lot of complexity but matches well with food. I would rate the wine higher but at $50 the wine does not deliver enough for this price point. (604 views)|
| ||Tasted by strongry on 3/2/2013 & rated 90 points: Wow. First of all, gorgeous color. Definitely looks like a beautiful pinot noir. Nose and taste of dark fruit. Taste was much more complicated than what I just described, but it was just very good. Just reminded me of what a good pinot noir should taste like. (642 views)|
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9786 Ross Station Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Pinot Noir Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.
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