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John and Carri Holdredge
November 27, 2018 | John and Carri Holdredge

Wine Club - December 2018

As I write this, Thanksgiving has just passed, and the holiday season is in full swing. We have a lot to be thankful for this year (every year actually); including the love and health of our family, and friends. Our winery, which is a labor of love, continues to be blessed by the ever-increasing access to some of the rarified “blue-chip” vineyards of Sonoma County, and we are so lucky to work with some of the finest growers as well.  But we are keenly aware of how fortunate we are to have had the friendship and support of our customers- from our very humble beginnings to the present day. Without you, none of this would be possible, and we are more grateful than you can imagine.

This four pack is perfect for the holidays- each wine has a very distinctive personality, and each is highly allocated. So, in a way, I suppose it’s like getting yourself an early present! We tend towards richer and more robust foods this time of year, and each of these has the wherewithal to match up to them (we are serving Beef Bourguignon at the release party and the wines all pair well which says a lot). We included two bottles of the biggest of the bunch- “Rolling Thunder” because nothing beats hunkering down, safe and warm, with someone you love and a glass of a full-bodied Pinot on a cold winter night.  All of these are ready to drink now- so there’s no need to wait. We hope you have a great holiday season!

Holdredge 2016 “Mazie Rose” Russian River Valley Pinot Noir New Release! 

Only 76 cases made. 

$50/btl  (Club Price: $42.50)  

If you know us, you likely remember we used to live at this tiny vineyard (just over an acre), which we planted to Pinot (from Syrah) in 2006, and it has always held a place in our hearts. The vineyard typically produces a very small crop, we had a little under 2 tons of grapes, leaving us with just over 76 cases of wine that made the final blend (we only included about 8% of the “Dijon” clones in this year’s bottling). Despite being a tiny place, it carries a very big voice, and it’s always been a popular wine.

Over the years, we’ve found this vineyard is expressing more expansively. Where the earlier vintages seemed more defined by a core of acidity, the more recent years (since like 2010) have seemed more lavish, both in weight and texture. The 2016 seems to straddle the best of all of this- it is undeniably luxurious, but the acidity we loved really shines through. It is the lowest pH of all our 2016s (meaning the strongest acids), and that really defines the structure. Although there are plenty of dark ripe fruits and there is lots of palate weight, there are some really pretty high-toned aromatics that round the whole thing out. Highly allocated (basically sold out on release to the club), this can absolutely be enjoyed now but should age very well for 8 or more years.

Holdredge 2016 “Bucher Vineyard” Russian River Valley Pinot Noir New Release!

Only 98 cases made. 

$50/btl  (Club Price: $42.50)  

This vintage marked our11th vintage at Bucher Vineyard, and in a way, this wine is a return to our roots there. When we first started there, we began with the “Pear Tree” block, which is the northernmost block at Bucher- about a half mile and two ridges north of the dairy. Over the years, we began to work with other blocks as well, but the core of the wine we designated remained Pear Tree, we just like it best. In fact, each year, the other blocks have played diminishing roles in the final wine. With the 2016, the final blend we liked best wasn’t a blend at all- it was 100% Pear Tree- just as we began.

The hallmark of Bucher has always been aromatics of lifted red fruit, framed by rose petals. This wine fits that to its core. The aromatics are dominated by strawberries, and there is a very distinct note of rose petal, both of which are which are in such abundance that you might think it is going to be a powerful wine. But the palate is actually medium weight and quite silky, and as a result, the wine presents more to the elegant, even thoughtful, side of things than the depth of the aromatics might suggest. Like the others in this shipment, it will be effectively sold out on release. This wine is ready for drinking now and should continue to develop for at least 6 more years.

90 Points- Jeb Dunnuck

Holdredge 2016 “Rolling Thunder” Russian River Valley Pinot Noir - New Release!

Only 112 cases made. 

$50/btl   (Club Price: $42.50) 

The wine we make from this vineyard has really gained a following over the years. It’s a mountaintop vineyard, situated outside Occidental, atop the third ridge in from the Pacific Ocean. One of my biggest lessons was learning how to approach the bigger tannic structure this vineyard presents; basically, it’s a function of being patient and allowing them the time to ripen so the structure of the wine is certain but seamless. The resulting wine, which exemplifies fully ripe fruit, always tends to reflect its moniker- it is no “light spring shower”- it is indeed, “Rolling Thunder”!

The 2016 is no exception. It leads with a very dramatic nose of ripe black cherries and black raspberries, with a nice note of spice. In the palate, it’s opulent- with the richness to enjoy as a glass of wine or to pair with the very heaviest foods of the holiday. When we were about to bottle the 2016s, Carri and I tasted through everything together- and for me, I thought this was the showstopper in terms of just being a dramatic wine in all respects, but that still had some very nice nuances. By all means, enjoy it now, it will absolutely be a great fit at any holiday table, but it will also continue to become more interesting over the next 5-6 years.

93 Points-Jeb Dunnuck, 90 Points, Antonio Galloni





John & Carri Holdredge 


Time Posted: Nov 27, 2018 at 4:22 PM