2014 Holdredge Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Selection Massale
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”. 2014 proved the adage of Pinot being a story of “time and place”- in this instance “time” making a huge impact- the 2014 is so dramatically different than any vintage from this place since 2008, showing the very light and ethereal side of Pinot.
As a winemaker, I’m always fascinated by such things, and yet I can’t begin to explain it. The fruit came in late in the year as usual, and was fully ripe, but whereas it usually veers towards a darker flavor profile, it had a brighter quality about it, almost a smile in its personality. Typical of our practices, it was fermented with 100% wild yeast, and all punchdowns etc were by hand. Ironically, in a vintage that had a lot of bold flavors, this place (and nature) chose to give us one of the most delicate wines I’ve made since 2010 (“The True”- which you may recall as a very ethereal wine).
It has the hallmark red fruit the vineyard exhibits each year, and plenty of acid. What’s most compelling is it tells a story of “lighter than air” delicacy. It is 100% red fruit, but with a perfume note just starting to emerge. This is the foil for a very delicate piece of fish or shellfish, or cheeses (triple cream brie, a baguette and this wine would make a fabulous dinner!). It speaks with grace and is decidedly delicate- and should be a pretty long-lived wine. Drink now (decant) for the next 5-9 years.
Cases produced: 120