Barrel Tastings in Sonoma County 2017- Holdredge Wines (Pinots)

Ah, one of my favorite wineries with 14 different Pinots.  The current releases are the 2015 Holdredge Russian River Valley “American Dreamer” Pinot Noir,  2014 Holdredge Russian River Valley “Selection Massale” Pinot Noir, 2015 Holdredge Russian River Valley “Tête de Cuvée” Pinot Noir, 2015 Holdredge Russian River Valley “Indigo Dreams”Pinot Noir, 2015 Holdredge Russian River Valley “Petits Cadeaux” Pinot Noir, 2014 Holdredge Russian River Valley “Shaken Not Stirred” Pinot Noir, 2014 Holdredge Russian River Valley “Judgement Tree” Pinot Noir,  2014 Holdredge Russian River Valley “Bucher Vineyard” Pinot Noir, 2014 Holdredge Russian River Valley “Rolling Thunder” Pinot Noir, 2014 Holdredge Sonoma Coast “The True” Pinot Noir, 2014 Holdredge Russian River Valley “Mazie Rose” Pinot Noir, 2014 Holdredge Russian River Valley “Petits Caudeaux” Pinot Noir, 2013 Holdredge Russian River Valley “Judgement Tree” Pinot Noir, and the 2013 Holdredge Russian River Valley “Selection Massale” Pinot Noir.

I came to this winery quite a few years ago and for those who followed me since 2010, would know that this winery started my love for Pinot Noir.  Yes, I did review a few Pinot Noirs from Oregon in the past, but I’ve always come back to the best local wineries and this one is it.  I can safely say that each and every one of these wines tells a great story of  the how, where, when, and yet not some are good, they all are.  For the last several years, I’ve brought my friends to all of my favorite wineries during this time.  My most favorites include the 2013 Holdredge Russian River Valley “Indigo Dreams” Pinot Noir,  the 2012, 2013, 2014,  Holdredge Russian River Valley “Judgement Tree” (Rochioli Vineyard) Pinot Noir, and the 2014 Holdredge Sonoma Coast “The True” Pinot Noir.

My story regarding 2013 Holdredge Russian River Valley “Indigo Dreams” Pinot Noir was surprising to say the least.  The winery was offering a dry Parmesan Cheese and of course the pull apart bread wheel from Costeaux Bakery in Healdsburg.  That pairing itself was the best bread I have ever experienced with this excellent wine.  I called a friend and told him about this wine and to purchase a case.  Just by my word, he bought a case and loved every drop!  Now with the “Judgement Tree” from the Rochioli Vineyard, the 2012 thru the most recent vintage in barrels, I expect nothing short of 100% goodness.  Another friend/private chef (Lock Beth Eguchi) bought the last vintage and futures of the “Judgement Tree” because it gave her “Chicken Skin!!”    For myself, I enjoyed the Three Sisters and The True (during barrel tastings) as two more of my favorites this year.  I will tell you more on a later date for the last two after it’s bottled.  The wonderful thing about all of these Pinot Noirs are their smoothness and gentle coating on your palate along with almost any food shows best in class and well…. Yummy!