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Holman Ranch Wines | Selection of Pinot Noirs | Review

April 8, 2013 by  
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Company: Holman Ranch
Item Reviewed: Rose’ of Pinot Noir, 2010 Pinot Noir and the 2011 Pinot Noir

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2011 Rosé of Pinot Noir – This wine offers a fruity flavor with subtle hints of cherry, strawberry and watermelon. The juice was left on the skins for four hours, creating a light, crisp, dry Rosé.

2010 Pinot Noir – Aged for 12 months in French oak, this bright wine excites the senses with classic perfumes of sour cherry and blackberry. A hint of tobacco rounds out this light-bodied varietal.

2011 Pinot Noir Heather’s Hill – The wine exhibits a deep ruby color with intense boysenberry nose. The flavors are full of marionberry and black cherry which are well balanced and typical of hillside grown Pinot Noir.

Being the wine lover that I am I was only too excited to expand my taste to the wines of Holman Ranch. I was recently sent a few variations of one of my all time favorites, Pinot Noirs. My taste runs from a $9.00 bottle all the way to a $140 bottle and everything in between, in fact one of my favorites is at $26.00. I can now add the Holman Ranch Pinot Noirs to that list. I will start with my thoughts on the one that stood out the most to me and that was the:

2011 Rosé of Pinot Noir – I served this wine at my family’s Easter dinner and it went fast, too fast! It was a favorite of mine for a few reasons. One, it was a different type of Pinot Noir than I have had before, I only have had deep reds, but this one was light in color and light on the taste. I immediately tasted the cherry flavor, a favorite of mine in wines, and it was a very refreshing taste. Perfect for a spring day! The only problem was everyone else liked it too and I only got one glass. But it was enough for me to add it to my all time favorite list and I know where to go to get some more.

2010 Pinot Noir – I was able to enjoy this bottle of wine with my husband on our steak and wine night last weekend, we sat back and relaxed while enjoying this one. On first taste we picked out the light tobacco taste, something that when my sister heard was an undertone to said would be bad tasting, what does she know ;) it was very subtle and it was very good. It is light-bodied but had a kick to it. We both enjoyed it very much!

2011 Pinot Noir Heather’s Hill – This wine I brought to a pizza party at one of my friends house. There were three of us and we had first tried the Chardonnay (post on that one coming soon) and then switched to the 2011 Pinot Noir. It was a good switch too. We enjoyed the full bodied flavors, especially the black cherry (do you see a theme on my tastes here lol) and really enjoyed it all around.

After trying all three of these I will say that Holman Ranch makes some fabulous wines. The one that stood out to me as so different was the Rosé of Pinot Noir, I will definitely be buying more of that to stock my collection with. I highly recommend these three wines to everyone, they would make great gifts for the wine lover in your life…hint, hint :)

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