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Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 3.58.16 PMHappy New Years to everyone once again. It is officially 2015 and I hope that everyone had a safe but fun New Years filled with good wine and good food. At Kybecca restaurant, we had a raw bar that had a dozen oysters, poached shrimp, and poached lobster. It was fantastic along with the seared duck breast I had for an entree.

What did you pop open last night to celebrate 2015? We debated back and forth on whether to open a special bottle or a normal bottle of champagne for the toast at midnight. We went in the middle with the 2010 Iron Horse Vineyards Wedding Cuvee that made Wine Enthusiast’s list of the top 100 wines of 2014.

The sparkling wine is a blend of 74% Pinot Noir and 26% of Chardonnay. Currently, Iron Horse Vineyards is on the 2011 vintage and that retails at $44 from the winery. K&L wine merchants still has the 2010 available for $39.99. Here are their tasting notes:

The 2010 “Wedding CuvĂ©e” is the very latest iteration of this first-class California sparkling wine, although iteration may be a tad too cool and technical for this festive and elegant wine, what Iron Horse calls their “most romantic bubbly.” It’s a very pale pink blanc de noirs, from primarily Pinot Noir grapes. Like most Iron Horse sparkling, however, it’s fairly dry and lean, with hints of red fruit. A 90+ point wine in recent vintages with all the top wine magazines and critics. This wine, naturally, is made to pair with a variety of foods: “A food friendly wine that works with most styles, sauces, and preparations. Pairs well with full flavored fish, pork chops, and chicken. Also try with crispy kale and stir fried vegetables. All you really need is dark, bittersweet chocolate!” And remember, it’s not just for weddings!

So how was it?

Color – Bronze orange.

Nose – Peach, tangerine with some floral notes too.

Taste – Peach and pear with some strawberry notes.

Finish – Crisp and refreshing.

Overall, this wine is amazing. I think it ranks right up there with the Dom Perignon I had in France. It has lots of flavor but goes down smooth and is so good it is hard to put in words how good it is. All I can say is buy a bottle and try it for yourself.

Rating: A+