2013 Holdredge Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Selection Massale
"One place, many voices"
This is from a small planting of a mass selection of different clones of Pinot (hence the use of the French colloquialism for “mass selection” to identify the wine). Each of the clones ripens slightly differently; each has its own unique character and flavor profile, or "voice" if you will, so we think of this wine as being from “one place with many voices”. That mass selection of different voices leads us to a wine that is typically pretty ripe and bold, with nicely ripe tannins and high toned aromatics, punctuated with a nice meld of red and black fruits.
The 2013 was a late arrival to the winery- we had what I felt were slow-ripening tannins, so I let the fruit hang longer than usual to ripen the tannins. Then, we cold soaked it for longer than usual (almost two weeks), and did pigeage twice while soaking to gently open skins. The fermentation was long and cold since it arrived so late in harvest.
As a result, although it has the hallmark red fruit the vineyard exhibits each year, it also carried a good amount of darker fruit notes. More importantly, the acid remained solid thanks to the late-ripening clones, and the ripe tannins from the earlier ripening clones contribute to an overall silky palate.
It really comes across as a wide range of fruits, enhanced with a nice savory note. Although it has great body and weight, it remains nimble and really great to drink. This is one I’d recommend trying now, and laying some down for later- I expect this wine to be showing well for the next fifteen years without difficulty.