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January 8, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Iron Horse Vineyards: The start of vintage 2013 -- pruning in the vineyard last Saturday (Iron Horse photo)

Iron Horse describes itself this way:

The winery is best known for its sparkling wines, which have been served at the White House for a quarter century. The Chardonnay radiates elegance and Pinot Noir is the winery's rising star wine. 

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. 

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 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (for both sparkling and still). Our goal is to grow the best winegrapes we should be growing and we do that through what we call "precision winegrowing."

All pruning, canopy management, irrigation, cover crop and even harvesting 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. In both our older vineyards and new plantings we use the best tools technology can give us and up to date viticulture - balanced by our 30 years of experience and passion.

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