Russian Cuvée commemorates the style of sparklings we made for the historic Reagan - Gorbachev summit meetings,
which ended the Cold War. While more opulent than the Classic Vintage Brut, the higher dosage doesn’t come across
as sweet, but more floral and makes the wine richer and fuller.
Although 2008 will be remembered for its erratic weather, the upside of the low crop allowed us to micromanage the
harvest in each block resulting in a particularly expressive
and elegant sparkling wine.

Technical Data
Appellation: Green Valley of Russian River Valley
Blend: 72% Pinot Noir 28% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.5% v/v
Acidity: .80 g/100ml
Residual Sugar: 1.1 g/100ml pH: 3.06
Malolactic Fermentation: None
Barrels: 29% Barrel Fermented
Harvest Dates: August 30 - September 9, 2008
Date Bottled: July 2009
Release Date: Current disgorging, October 2012
Total Production: 800 Cases

Artisanal Winemaking:
Hand harvested in the chilly fog of early morning, our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes are gently pressed as whole clusters yielding base wines of great delicacy.
In blending this wine we chose Pinot Noir and Chardonnay lots that were a bit shy by nose but still showing an appropriate hint of varietal character.What was once shy now exhibits wonderful complexity and creaminess that comes from an average of four years of aging on the yeast.

The dosage for this wine is 7 mls of special LEX (50% Pinot Noir, 50% chardonnay), 7mls of Brut LEX (75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay) and 6 mls 2007 Corral Chardonnay.

Precision Winegrowing: At Iron Horse "Estate Bottled" means that the winemaking begins in the vineyard. Our location
in Green Valley represents the very best soil, climate and aspects for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Our goal is to
grow the best winegrapes we should be growing through what we call "precision winegrowing." All pruning, canopy
management, irrigation and cover crop decisions are determined on a block-by-block (and sometimes even vine-by
vine) basis, considering both the vintage at hand and the long-term needs of the land.

Tasting Notes & Food Pairings:
By nose: grapefruit, ripe red apple and Hazelnut. By mouth: mandarin orange, ripe red apple and Hazelnuts.
The creamy texture of Russian Cuvée beautifully balances the briny quality of shellfish like oysters on the half shell with mignonette or Dungeness crab with drawn butter
Also delicious with appetizers - butternut squash soup with toasted hazelnuts or frisée salad with lardons of bacon
crumbled goat cheese and a soft poached egg.