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Holdredge Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2011

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Fleshy fruit on the nose is framed by a hint of pencil lead, sharp with an almost spricotty freshness and sweetness to the perfumed red cherry and strawberry fruit. This is almost a bit soft in the mouth, but just when you think the broad, mouth-filling texture is going to go over the edge, the wine pulls back and shows the polished and smooth Holdredge style underpinned with a delicate yet supportive structure. This is downright seductive with a core of juicy red raspberry and strawberry fruit that pops on the back end with excellent inner mouth perfumes, ending with a very soft, seductive, and persistent finish. Just lovely. The name comes from the clone used for this wine: Martini. 93 points

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Holdredge Wines:
Holdredge Wines is a small, family owned and operated winery in the Russian River Valley of Healdsburg, California. We produce only small lots from vineyards we feel reflect the quality and diversity of Sonoma County's appellations. We also grow Pinot Noir and Syrah in our family's vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Both our farming practices and our winemaking philosophy emphasize a personal, hand-crafted approach.

Editorial Reviews for Holdredge Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,988
4.50 5
04/10/2013

Fleshy fruit on the nose is framed by a hint of pencil lead, sharp with an almost spricotty freshness and sweetness to the perfumed red cherry and strawberry fruit. This is almost a bit soft in the mouth, but just when you think the broad, mouth-filling texture is going to go over the edge, the wine pulls back and shows the polished and smooth Holdredge style underpinned with a delicate yet supportive structure. This is downright seductive with a core of juicy red raspberry and strawberry fruit that pops on the back end with excellent inner mouth perfumes, ending with a very soft, seductive, and persistent finish. Just lovely. The name comes from the clone used for this wine: Martini. 93 points


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,988
4.50 5
04/10/2013

Cola, chalk, animal fur and a touch of smoke all top the core of wild cherry fruit found on the nose. In the mouth this is smooth and polished, with a seductive texture that is both rich and supple. The mid-palate is packed with dark berry fruit framed with a bit of spice, all leading to an earthy back end and long finish that features a nice transparent mineral note that cuts through the lingering wild cherry fruit. 91 points


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,988
4.50 5
04/10/2013

Crazily fragrant with soaring florals, spiced orange rind, cranberry, and tart cherry aromatics. This enters the mouth with a firm burst of ripe fruit delivering plenty of texture early on but remaining tense and vibrant on the palate, with lovely zesty red berry fruit cut with super fine-grained, lightly dusty tannins. The finish is long and precise, dominated by raspberry fruit that offers impressive purity and persistence. 93 points


External Reviews for Holdredge Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

External Review
Source: Wine Gems @ Perriello's
12/28/2013

Russian River Valley, CaliforniaHoldredge Pinot Noir is a beautiful wine gem of Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley of Sonoma. Holdredge is a true Mom and Pop winery; all of the work is done by either John or Carri Holdredge. They have no employees, and their winery is in an old red barn that has housed wineries off and on since prohibition. John and Carri operate under two main beliefs: first, wine is made in the vineyard, not in the cellar, and second, that wine is better able to express the place where it is actually from when there is minimal intervention. Holdredge wines are elegant, balanced and nuanced, reflecting the individual vineyard's "voice" as John likes to call it. We enjoyed a memorable visit with them in September 2012 and loved both the two of them and their wines! Holdredge Pinot Noir is bright garnet red with a beautiful nose of red berries, spices and floral notes. It is an elegant Pinot with medium body, fresh acidity and impeccable balance, featuring flavors of black cherry, raspberry, mocha and black tea. The wine is long and pleasing on the finish.Enjoy Holdredge Pinot Noir with roast pork, grilled salmon, veal Milanese and aged cheeses.



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