2012 Holdredge Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Mazie Rose 3L
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This wine is always so distinctive. The combination of soil, climate, clones and somethings I can’t explain, just always lead to a very distinctive wine. Maybe because I planted the pinot here. Maybe because I lived here when my kids were born (my son and our dog are in the thumbnail). Maybe because when we moved into Healdsburg, a good friend bought it and continued to sell the fruit to us (but we named the wine after his first born child ("May-Zee Rose"), which left him little choice. Still, he is pictured here on the way to an epic fishing trip in the gulf of Mexico.

Every year this vineyard is a very consistent performer- usually offering a dark, earthy, almost meaty character. And yet, it always charts its own course. In a year in which Sonoma County experienced a huge Pinot Noir crop, the crop loads were barely two tons for this 1 ½ acre vineyard. While the growers would have preferred a larger crop, we had no such concerns. We still bled about 18% of the juice, and expected the resulting wine to be a familiar friend.

As it turned out, that familiar friend did show up, but brought along some companions. It certainly has a dark, almost mulberry facet, and its familiar slight balsamic note-a resin character. But this year it has a real floral layer to it as well. Rose hips and rose petals were the components we both noticed, but along with that, a dominant strawberry note that I thought was more like macerated strawberries.  As always, a very distinctive wine, and as always a house favorite. 

70 cases produced.

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Mazie Rose
Alcohol %
14.6
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