Iron Horse embodies everything I like about Sonoma county. Leaving aside the Sonoma vs. Napa debate for future flogging, suffice it to say that a visit to Iron Horse outside of Sebastopol will refresh your faith in the ideas of good people, good land, good wine. They have no large tasting room -- on a summer's day you stand beneath a tarp while they pull winebottles out of a cooler and pour on a makeshift counter. If you're gonna spit or discard some of your wine, you just do it on the dirt. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and they let you taste their wines for free. Who could ask for more?
This is a surreptitious pinot that creeps up out of the glass with caramel, maple syrup, rasberry, and herbal tea aromas. It delivers mellow fruit flavors of rasberry jam and slightly underripe cherries, with a medium finish. Ultimately, I suspect this wine suffers a little from the tough harvest of 2000. When I tasted it at the vineyard, I liked it enough to buy several bottles, but with a meal, I felt like it didn't have as much personality as I would like. It's a solid wine, and a good value, but not as good as some other Pinots I have reviewed here.
My comments about dynamism aside, I thought this wine went very well with the cinnamon crusted salmon and pan seared duckbreast that we drank it with.
Overall Score: 7/7.5
How much?: $25 at the winery, usually about $29 retail.
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