2013 Holdredge Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
"Many places, Many voices"
2013 brought us many voices of Pinot Noir to work with. Eight different vineyards and fifteen separate clones of Pinot made their way into this wine. Each vineyard and each clone speaks differently, and we did multiple picks from a number of these vineyards, so 14 different lots make up this wine. That’s why we think of this wine as being "many voices from many places".
There is no one story that encapsulates all those fermentations- everything ran at its own pace. We did make the Swiss intern gently “pigeage” each of the lots. [Translation: put on her bikini and walk in the grapes to gently break the skins open]. Aside from that, the wines shared the common denominator of significant juice bleeding to improve the skin to juice ratio, long macerations on the skins before fermenting (7-10 days), wild yeast fermentations and extended macerations before fermenting. They also were pressed before they were completely dry and finished in barrel- which we find enhances mouthfeel.
From time to time, we’ve heard it said that our Russian River blend is our most “feminine” wine. I doubt anyone will employ that moniker this year. The 2013 is much bigger and bolder than usual- a testament to the vintage and the fact we added two barrels of “Mazie Rose” into it, and a barrel of “Indigo Dreams”. This new release is really delicious, and it’s truly “ready to go” right now.
The flavors are dominated by notes of dark ripe strawberries, black cherries and cola, with a spice note of cinnamon. It has depth, real depth- both flavor and color - and while we craft this wine knowing it is often destined for early drinking- particularly in restaurants, this one has the structure to age quite well. We’ve held the price steady for a few years now, so it’s a wine you can enjoy on a weeknight or a weekend- and it’s poured in some pretty nice restaurants across the country (and now in Singapore and Dubai!)
826 cases produced.