2015 holder vineyard pinot noir
Our third vintage produced from this small, family operated, 1.25 acre site is an exciting follow-up to the two previous vintages. Aromas of ripe blackberry and wild strawberries mingle with notes of lavender, reductive tar and cardamom. Ripe fruit flavors and silky soft tannins are brought together with captivating acidity on the persistent finish. Decanting is recommended for drinking now, but this wine should be enjoyable over the next 10 years or more.
Vineyard Source: Holder
Clone: Dijon clones 115, 667
Harvest Date: August 17, 2015
Harvest Brix: 24.3 ̊Brix and 24.6 ̊Brix
Barrel Aged: 11 months
Barrel Breakdown: 100% French Oak, 25% new, 25% once used, 50% 4 years or older
Bottling Date: August 11, 2016
Production: 48 cases
Planted in 2000 by Bruce Holder & Mary Ann Wheeler shortly after they purchased a neglected apple orchard atop the ridge looking down on Occidental. Located in the “banana-belt” section of western Sonoma County, the climate is defined by warm days and cool nights. Typically, this is the first Pinot Noir vineyard we harvest. Based on daily observation and hands on involvement, Bruce and Mary Ann work the property together to manage the ever-changing demands of the vineyard. The result is a grower-winery relationship with the common goal to enhance the quality of each vintage.