Sunday, May 5, 2013

Holman Ranch Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Carmel Valley

Spent the past couple evenings tasting Holman Ranch Wines and jotting some notes down about a couple of varietal favorites...Mrs Chardonnay and Mr. Pinot.

Holman Ranch winery completed their current winery within The Caves which is completely underground and utilizes the natural cooling effects of being in the earth. A total of 3000 square feet maintains a constant temp of 58 with all winery operations taking place inside with the exception of bottling.

I started off with the 2010 Estate Grown Chardonnay. Loads of pear, green apple, pineapple with hints of melon, toasted oak, vanilla and a honey baking spice on the nose. In the mouth green apple and pear with a little splash of vanilla. Sweeter than many chardonnays which I taste.

Next the 2010 Estate Grown Pinot Noir Carmel Valley. On the nose wet earthy hints with tobacco and cherry. In the mouth a cranberry/cherry flavor with hints of earthy spice which to me never really flowed. When I pulled the cork there was no "pop" so I am wondering if the wine was breaking down and headed south toward "corked". I'll try another bottle in the future and review it on it's own.

My final sample was the 2011 Heathers Hill Pinot Noir Carmel Valley. I really enjoyed this bottle. Cherry, boysenberry dominate the nose with cola, sage a hint of forest and cloves. The mouth is full of ripe dark cherry with strawberry notes and juicy through the long finish. Little hint of cloves and cinnamon round the wine out nicely. Well done.

Be it a wedding, wine tasting or admiring the beauty, a stop at Holman Ranch is a great experience. Spoil yourself today!


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