Iron Horse is located in Green Valley in the coolest, foggiest part of the Russian River Valley, just 13 miles from the Pacific as the crow flies. There are approximately 160 acres in vine, planted exclusively to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Iron Horse is a marriage of two vineyards: the Sterling family estate in Sonoma County's cool, foggy Green Valley and son-in-law Forrest Tancer's T-bar-T Ranch in the Alexander Valley. The winery is best known for its Sparkling Wines, which have been served at the White House for four consecutive presidential administrations. Pinot Noir is the winery's rising star wine. One of its most highly allocated releases is the Cabernet Sauvignon from T-bar-T. The Iron Horse name comes from a passenger train that passed through the Green Valley in 1905.
Forrest Tancer planted the core 110 acres at Iron Horse in 1970 when he was working for Rodney Strong Winery. Audrey and Barry Sterling bought the vineyard in 1976 and partnered with Forrest to build the winery. Forrest and the Sterling's daughter Joy were married in 1990. The Wedding Cuvee was originally designed for Joy and Forrest's wedding and this elegant sparkling wine is still produced today. It was toasted for Jenna Bush's wedding on May 10th, 2008, for the daughter of president George W. Bush.
私道から見えるアイアン・ホースのワイン葡萄畑。 Vineyards along the private road to Iron Horse Winery.
Iron Horse has now been served at the White house for four consecutive presidential administrations, beginning in 1985 with the historic Reagan/Gorbachev Summit Meetings, which ended the Cold War. The first Bush administration served their Sparklings at several State Dinners and brought their Classic Vintage Brut to Moscow for the signing of the START treaty. The Clintons chose Iron Horse for many occasions-most impressively for the offical White House Millenium Dinner New Year's Eve 1999 to toast the new Millennium. Iron Horse was served at the 200th anniversary of the White House attended by all of the living presidents except Ronald Reagan. He was too ill to travel at that time. It has been served to kings, queens, and the Pope on their visits to the White house.
They offer a 30 minute wine tour from 10 AM on Monday to Friday by appointment. We called a day before, but it was fully booked. When we visited the winery around 10:30 AM, about 6 people started wine tasting after the wine tour. It seems the wine tour is limited to 6 people each day---very limited.
The wine tasting is $10 for Sparkling Flight (5 sparkling wine) and Seasonal Flight (5 still wine). It's $15 for Reserved Flight ( 5 reserved and rear wine ). We tasted Reserved Flight. The reserved wine can only be purchased after you become a wine club member of Iron Horse Vineyards. Among the 5 wine we tasted, we liked the 4th wine, 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, T-bar-T Vineyrads, Alexander Valley, 1.5 Liter. It costs $120 per bottle.
We purchased Iron Horse 2003 Estate Chardonnay and 2005 Russian Cuvee Sparkling wine, a bottle each.
You need to go though a narrow private road for several miles to get to this winery, so commercial big buses cannot get there. You need to travel in a small to mid size car.
Lately it is extremely difficult to get Iron Horse T-bar-T Cabernet Sauvignon wine, but Iron Horse sparkling wine can be purchased on their website and other wine websites. Actually their sparkling wine has been served at the state dinner at the White house. Cheers and enjoy their sparkling wine. It's around $33 per bottle.
4) 2003 カルバネ・サビニョン赤ワイン 1.5 リットル １２０ドル これが一番まろやかで美味しかった。入手困難なワイン。 4) 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon T-bar-T Alexander Valley 1.5 L $120 We liked this wine the best. It's getting harder and harder to get this wine.
5) 2003年ベンチマーク TバーTワイナリー アレクサンダーバレー産ベストの集大成。９０㌦ 5) 2003 Benchamark T-bar-T Vineyard, Alexander Valley $90 blend of best of best.
ワインテースティングのパティオ右奥にあるワインの品質を調べるラボ。 Wine testing labo. It was located at the wine tasting patio.
テースティング用パティオから見える美しい渓谷ビュー。 TバーＴワイナリーは向かって左奥のアレキサンダーバレー側にある。 A beautiful valley view from the wine tasting patio. T-bar-T Vineyard is located toward the left side, in Alexander Valley
ワインテースティング用パティオは右側にある。セールス部門のビル The wine tasting patio is located at the right side. This is a building for sales department.
そのビルの手前には大きなアルミ製ワイン樽が並ぶ。 There are large aluminum wine barrels at the sales building.
手前にもう一つ建物がある。中には入れなかった。 There was another building in front of it, but we could not enter.
パームツリー並木に別れを告げ、アイアン・ホースを後にする。 We bit a good-bye to the palm tree lined street, and we left Iron Horse Vineyard.
購入した２００５年ロシアン・キューブ・スパークリングワインと２００３年エステート・シャドネー・ワイン。 The wine we purchased---2005 Russian Cuvee Sparkling wine, 2003 Estate Chardonnay wine.
数年前に購入した２００１年アイアン・ホースＴバーＴ、アレクサンダーバレー カルバネワイン。 ３８ドルぐらいだったが、最近はレアもの。なかなか見つからない。 This is 2001 Iron Horse T-bar-T Alexander Valley Carbernet Sauvignon wine. I purchased it two or three years ago at $38. It's hard to find this wine now.
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