Iron Horse, Brut, Green Valley, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA, 2009
A blend of 74% pinot noir and chardonnay, mushroom cork closure; 13.5% abv, BBR, £30 (only 2400 c/s produced).
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity gold, showing tears and small bubbles.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with rich aromas of fragrant breakfast tea, a spicy quince note, warm hay, ginger, a delicate toasty note, warm danish pastry, a hint of thick honey, and hazelnuts in the background.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, medium (+) alcohol and a medium body, medium (+) intensity, a low-key grip, with rich flavours of ginger, fragrant tea, warm toast, warm fresh-baked multi-grained bread, crushed hazelnuts, and in the background warm malt. A long length, a creamy mousse with a long persistence, with a low-key grip on a clean and fresh gingery-toast finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, with nicely balanced acidity and alcohol, which work well with the decent flavour intensity. A what you smell is what you get wine, with little evolution with time in glass, however, there is a good aroma palette of fully evolved notes, which are quite concentrated on the mid-palate, following through to a flavourful lengthy finish.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: ready to drink now, this wine is fully developed, but has the balance, flavour intensity and concentration, to hold for 3-5 years, in cellar.