Iron Horse Wedding Cuvée Sparkling Wine 2019, Green Valley of Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

77% Pinot Noir, 23% Chardonnay. Iron Horse produces exclusively estate-bottled still and sparkling wines with a distinct ‘sense of place’. They are specific to the Green Valley of the Russian River Valley AVA, plus the uniqueness of our vineyard, and the vintage at hand. As a result, our wines are elegant, bright, focused, highly nuanced, and silky smooth. Wedding Cuvée is our interpretation of a Blanc de Noirs. In blending this wine we chose Pinot Noir lots that were extremely expressive and fruit forward. Then in a decided step away from convention, we blend in a bit of steely Chardonnay to add a firm acid backbone. Hand harvested in the chill of early morning our Pinot Noir is gently pressed as whole clusters. The juice slowly ferments in stainless steel tanks at 62° to 65°f retaining bright fruit aromas and flavors in the wine. The dosage for the 2019 Wedding Cuvée is 8 mls Blanc de Noir Lex, 12 mls 2019 Rued Clone Chardonnay. Tasting notes: Pale Salmon in color with lively bubbles and Mousse. The 2019 Wedding Cuvée has a great raspberry aromas, followed by strawberry and a touch of lemon zest. Great red fruit flavors on the front palate that extend to the mid palate, followed by a burst of red apple and creaminess leading to a grapefruit finish with amazing texture throughout.