VOLUME 9, ISSUE 50
November 21, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Bouchaine Vineyards: A Winery Steeped in Carneros History On the Pinot Trail: Tasting at Bouchaine Vineyards Sips of Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted Oregon Pinot Noir Heart & Hands Wine Company Sips of Recently Tasted California Chardonnays Pinot Briefs Kevin Zraly Windows on the World Complete Wine Course
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.
Articles About Alma Fria
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 falvors, 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 »
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