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The Holtermann family has imported and represented many leading wineries from all over the world for three generations.. The family jumped over to the winegrowing side and planted its new roots in the remote ridge tops of Annapolis on the Sonoma Coast where they handcraft Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The 2.56-acre Holtermann Vineyard was acquired in 2012. It is located just north of Annapolis and 5 miles inland from the Sea Ranch coastal community. The vineyard was planted in 2002 to Pinot Noir clones 115, 777, "828," and Pommard. The vineyard's elevation ranges from 700 to 800 feet.
The winery also sources fruit from the Doña Margarita Vineyard (Holtermann Block) in Freestone. This vineyard was planted in 2002 to 115 and Pommard. Besides the two vineyard-designated Pinot Noirs, there is a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The winemaker is Carroll Kemp (Red Car).
The winery is a member of West Sonoma County Vintners.
2013 Alma Fria Plural Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
13.1% alc., 340 cases, $40. Native yeast fermentation, aged 14 months in French oak barrels, 10% new. · Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass Whole cluster character dominates the aromatics which offer scents of bark, spice and red rose petal. Less whole cluster driven on the palate, featuring mid weight flavors of well-spiced cherry and boysenberry with a slight stem note in the background. Good roundness, smoothly textured and admirable harmony with gripping acidity a dominant feature. Score: 88. Reviewed November 22, 2015 ARTICLE »
2013 Alma Fria Doña Margarita Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
13.2% alc., 143 cases, $58. Vineyard planted in 2002 in Freestone at 500 to 625 feet elevation. 10% whole cluster. Native yeast fermentation, aged 14 months in French oak barrels, 25% new. · Moderately dark reddish purple hue in the glass. The nose is alive with aromas of black cherry, rose petal and woodshed. Imposing flavors of dark cherry, purple grape and berry, and vivid spice grab on to the palate and finish with an intense flourish. Fine-grain tannins add an appealing touch to the texture. A classy wine. Score: 92. Reviewed November 22, 2015 ARTICLE »
2013 Alma Fria Holtermann Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
12.9% alc., 138 cases, $58. Vineyard planted in 2002 in Annapolis at 700 to 800 feet elevation. 10% whole cluster. Native yeast fermentation, aged 14 months in French oak barrels, 20% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is generous upon opening, offering hi-tone aromas of cherry, rose petal and exotic spices. Acidity drives the light to mid weight core of spiced cherry, cranberry and purple berry fruits that are framed by caressing tannins. The finish is fueled with a charge of fruit, leaving a citrus note in its wake. Still solid the next net day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 90. Reviewed November 22, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 Alma Fria Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
13.1% alc., 350 cases, $35. · Moderate reddish purple color in the galss. Nicely scented with hi-tone black cherries, black raspberries and a hint of oak. Strikingly silky on the palate with a luscious charge of black cherry, huckleberry and Marionberry flavors accented with spice and peppery herbs. Picks up intensity and interest over time in the glass, showing persistence on the berry-laden finish. Score: 91. Reviewed November 19, 2014 ARTICLE »
2012 Alma Fria Doña Margarita Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
230 cases, $58. 10% whole cluster. Native yeast fermentation. Aged in 25% new French oak. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. Enchanting aromas of Damson plum, cherry and exotic spices which become more effusive over time. I have nothing but good things to say about this wine which features delicious dark red cherry, raspberry and plum flavors, soft tannins, lively acidity, good integration of oak, and impressive harmony. Exceptional length, cut and class. Score: 93. Reviewed November 19, 2014 ARTICLE »
2012 Alma Fria Holtermann Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
12.9% alc., 185 cases, $58. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Attention-getting aromas of cherry, sous-bois, bramble and complimentary oak spice. Nicely crafted, with flavors of plum, cherry, raspberry and spice and supportive soft tannins. Welcoming elegance, with a gorgeous note of fresh raspberry juice on the long finish. Even better later in the day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 92. Reviewed November 19, 2014 ARTICLE »