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Russian River Cuvee has multiple layers of meaning. Originally named for the historic Reagan-Gorbachev Summit Meetings in 1985, it also refers to the vineyard’s unique location in the Russian River area, and it is a reference to the 19th century taste of the Tsars for richer bubbly that made Cristal famous. The Russian River is the “richest” in the Iron Horse line up, though still technically brut-level dry.
“It’s wonderful that America has a signature sparkling that we can rely on.”
“This is a new release, not yet out for review. The previous vintage was awarded 95 Points in Wine Enthusiast. “Finesse, detail and elegance make this wine outstanding from the first whiff to the lingering finish. Subtle aromas of bread dough, toast, almond and ginger lead to a creamy palate of rich golden apple, cream and a touch of honey, all on a silky texture of fine-grained fizz.” Jim Gordon 12.22
“A bubbly with richness and verve, this cuvée offers lilting apple tart, crème brûlée and lemon verbena flavors that finish with a spicy, fresh ginger accent.” Drink now through 2026. 94 points. – Tim Fish
Lemon Meringue on the nose with a touch of brioche. The front palate has flavors of blood orange zest followed by good texture and flavors of spiced poached pear with mid-palate ending with a long finish.
The dosage for this wine is 16ml Brut LEX, 2ml Gold Ridge Pinot, 2ml Rued Chardonnay.
We are extremely lucky in our region to have many micro climates that bring us Meyer lemons from January until June. This recipe makes about 8-10 individual pastry strips topped with the lemon curd. Pairs perfectly with Iron Horse Russian Cuvee.View Recipe