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Iron Horse Chinese Cuvée 2007

by Nannette Eaton on January 23, 2012

“The dragons begin to speak.
Ying and Yang are commingled.”
The Yuan Kien Lei Han

Welcome the Dragon! Today is the first day of Year of the Dragon, which is considered the luckiest year in the Chinese zodiac. Wine Harlots were born in the year of the Dragon, so this year portends to be an auspicious year. (Yes, stop doing the basic math in your head. That’s right. Twenty-three years old.) Wine Harlots are lucky. (Sometimes we think we’re born under a dark star, but in truth, L-U-C-K-Y.) We have the privilege of quaffing the inaugural release of Iron Horse Chinese Cuvée 2007, a prestige cuvée of a 1,000 cases, with 880 cases being exported to China, with 120 cases available domestically in the USA. Did I say lucky?

The cuvée was created to celebrate the Chinese New Year, and there are plans to be an annual vintage. Iron Horse is looking fondly to 2014 – the Year of the Horse. But back to the Dragon. The bottle is compelling with a bright green glass with a golden label with a red capsule and accents, the colors of the Chinese flag,  on the neck, a fan with the Chinese character for dragon. The dosage was designed to marry with the spiciness and complexity of flavors in Chinese cooking. It’s elegant with zesty notes of lemon, lime and tangerine with an alluring spiciness that will complement Chinese and Asian cuisines beautifully. Or pour flutes to welcome your guests to your New Year’s celebration.

The Chinese importer is Jaguar Wines, Inc., who is focusing on importing quality wines from France and the United States, approached Iron Horse last year because of the reputation created when the Clintons served Iron Horse at the State Dinner for President Jiang Zemin at the White House in 1997.

The details: 13.5% alcohol. Traditional cork closure. Appellation: GreenValley (in the Russian River Valley in Sonoma). Grapes: pinot noir 75% and chardonnay 25%. Disgorged December 2011. Suggested retail: $98 USD available directly from Iron Horse Vineyards. (If you can score a bottle, it would very auspicious.) This was a media sample kindly and generously provided by the winery.

Wine Harlots wish you a sparkling happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. May your glass be filled with Iron Horse and never be empty. 干杯