Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery Estate Wines and Wine Caves

CARMEL VALLEY, CA — The estate wines of Holman Ranch include: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir.

Holman Ranch’s 19 acres of vineyards lie between 950 and 1150 feet in elevation. The root stocks and soils are most important in producing excellent fruit from the vineyards. The surrounding Santa Lucia Mountains are very important to Carmel Valley viticulture. The local hills hold back the marine layer and broad breezes, which is beneficial to producing consistently good fruit. Sedimentary soils, such as, chock rock and Carmel stone also play a major role in wine producing methods by providing good soil drainage.

Holman Ranch “stresses the vines” of the fruit with emphasis on reproduction, which in turn, stops growth and ripens fruit. The valley configuration allows for fog in the morning but with it rapidly moving out as the air warms which is great for Pinot Noir grapes. The proximity to the ocean and the elevation are positive characteristics for the vines.

Holman Ranch’s vines are planted 15 degrees off due north which allows for all day sunlight on fruit zone and good protection from breeze. No chemical herbicides or pesticides are used on our fruit and we are currently in the process of attaining sustainable and organic certification.

Holman Ranch’s wines are unfined and crafted to deliver the true varietal of the grape from harvest to table. Purity and passion are key ingredients in the wine-making process, and this is where Holman Ranch truly stands out.

Holman Ranch Wines were selected as a World’s 10 Best Wines 2012 in the book National Geographic The 10 Best of Everything.

2010 Pinot Noir Hunter’s Cuvée This wine presents a bold, rich taste with subtle hints of blueberry and raspberry jam. It is intense and long on the palate. Aged in 50% new French oak barrels and 50% neutral French oak barrels for 7 months, this smooth red pairs perfectly with any occasion.

No. of Acres: 9.09
Year Planted: 2008
No. of Cases: 452
Price: $40

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.

No. of Acres: 4.73
Year Planted: 2007
No. of Cases: 500
Price: $33

2012 Pinot Gris This wine presents a classic taste of citrus and honey that lingers on the palate. This dry wine makes an ideal pairing with food.

No. of Acres: 2.06
Year Planted: 2008
No. of Cases: 323
Price: $16

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.

No. of Acres: 2.88
Year Planted: 2008
No. of Cases: 444
Price: $37

2012 Virgin Chardonnay Our Unoaked Chardonnay was cold fermented in stainless steel and presents with the light aromas of minerals and fresh summer flowers on the nose. The clean, crisp finish offers a refreshing wine, full of citrus that’s perfect for a warm day. Serve slightly chilled.

No. of Acres: 1.97
Year Planted: 2008
No. of Cases: 152
Price: $22

2011 Chardonnay This rich, yet crisp, Chardonnay has all of the elements of old world styling. The hints of brown grass and cinnamon on the nose are quickly followed by a bright finish with notes of toasted nuts and warm brioche. Completely balanced and medium bodied, this Chardonnay is perfect with or without your favorite meal.

No. of Acres: 1.97
Year Planted: 2008
No. of Cases: 350
Price: $28

2012 Rosé of Pinot Noir Blushing Bride A hint of Cranberry, aromas of Tangerine and Strawberries and a dry, crisp finish, makes this wine a perfect accompaniment to your next summer meal. Just over 100 cases were produced which make this rare find a must have to add to your summer wine shopping list.

No. of Acres: 4.73
Year Planted: 2007
No. of Cases: 100
Price: $22 SALE $20

2012 Sauvignon Blanc Our 2012 vintage shows off the beautiful, subtle notes of the Musque clone. Fresh citrus stands out in this wine followed by a light hint of minerality.

No. of Acres: 1.03
Year Planted: 2008
No. of Cases: 300
Price: $18

Wine Caves: The winery at Holman Ranch, located in The Caves, is completely underground in order to take advantage of the natural cooling and humidity held below. The 3000 square foot area maintains a constant temperature of 58˚F-60 ˚F and contains four 750 gallon tanks, four 1200 gallon tanks, and four open top tanks that can hold two tons each. One hundred (100) French oak barrels are maintained year round. Winery operations such as destemming, pressing, fermenting and aging take place within the cool environment of The Caves, while bottling is done directly outside using a mobile bottling line. During harvest, 6 to 8 tons of grapes a day are processed. This may seem low but it is due to the fact that harvesting hours are between 7am to noon on any given day. Grapes are hand picked and loaded into half ton bins, transferred to the winery by tractor and then moved by forklift to the destemmer. White wines take around three weeks to ferment at 50˚F and are bottled in February, while red varietals ferment for two weeks and are bottled in early June. All skins, seeds and stems are composted and returned to the fields. Slow months for our winery are June, July and August with the busiest time being September. The winery will produce 3000-5000 cases annually.

Vineyard & Winery Background: Located at the north eastern tip of the Carmel Valley Appellation, the family-owned Holman Ranch resides approximately 12 miles inland from the Pacific Coast. Immersed in history and romance, the ranch has not only proven to be an excellent growing location for our vineyards but also for the Tuscan varietal olive trees which have flourished under the temperate climate.

• Our estate-grown wine varietals are planted on approximately 19 acres of undulating terrain.
• The wines produced are unfined and crafted to deliver the true varietal of the grape from harvest to bottle.
• The climate and terroir of the appellation has played a critical part in the success of our wines.

The warmth of our inland valley coupled with the cooling marine layer has established itself as an ideal microclimate for the production of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Our Burgundy Clones have thrived from the perfect blend of ideal climate, southern exposure and thin rocky soils. Holman Ranch Tasting Room: Holman Ranch’s Carmel Valley tasting room offers the perfect backdrop to swirl, sip and savor the different complexities of Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery wines.

There is something for everyone (4 varietals in fact), from the full-bodied Pinot Noirs to the light, fruity flavors of our Pinot Gris and lightly oaked Chardonnay.

Holman Ranch also offers estate grown and bottled Olive Oil available for tasting and purchase at the Tasting Room. The Tasting Room showcases the estate wines of Holman Ranch which includes our Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir. Carefully hand-harvested, cold pressed and bottled, the Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced from the fruits of our Tuscan trees has a delightful spice followed by a buttery finish. Three tasting flights of three wines each (White, Mountain and Pinot Noir) are available 7 days a week. The Tasting Room also holds a series of cooking demos called In Your Backyard. For more information, call (831) 659-2640.

Olive Grove: Holman Ranch has its own distinctive olive grove located on a south facing hill of our vineyard. The grove is comprised of 100 trees with multiple cultivars planted. These cultivars consist of 25 Frantoio, 25 Leccino, 10 Mission, 25 Coratina, 5 Pendolino, and 10 Picholine, all of which were originally planted in 1994 in a Carmel Valley orchard then replanted at Holman Ranch in 2007. These mature olive trees allowed us to produce olive oil right away. They are planted in shale for the best production and harvesting results possible. We harvest our fruit by hand in December, which is then milled, producing a superb, high quality product. Although the Olive Grove is not certified organic, we do employ organic practices when farming our trees. Our mill, however, is certified organic. An interesting fact is that olive trees are alternate bearing, which means that one year they may produce 650, 375ml bottles worth of oil, while next year they may produce only 50, 375ml bottles.

Holman Ranch Background: Holman Ranch: Where the Past is Always Present. Tucked away in the rolling hills of Carmel Valley, Californian historic Holman Ranch provides a unique and memorable setting for weddings, special events, family gatherings, corporate retreats, and team-building events. With its charming gardens, stunning mountain views and serenity, this private estate affords old-world charm while providing modern day conveniences. This stunning Property includes a fully restored stone hacienda, overnight guest rooms, vineyards, olive grove, horse stables and more. www.holmanranch.com

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