Great Pinot Noir can be found in California outside of the strongholds of Carneros and Sonoma. Case in point: this Pinot from Carmel Valley.
Grapes From Scenic Carmel
The winery on the property was completed in 2012 and is completely underground to take advantages of the natural cooling and humidity. The 3,000 square foot area maintains 58⁰ F temperature year-round.
Ideal Pinot Microclimate
No pesticides or herbicides are used on the vines. Holman Ranch is certified sustainable and organic – all pluses in our eyes.
Pork Chop and Pinot
The meal included stuffed pork chops with sage stuffing with brandied apples and baked potato. Pinot Noir is a great pairing with pork. A heavy red like Cabernet Sauvignon can overpower a pork dish and a white wine, if too meek and mild, could disappear.
Kelly’s Press is the lightest of the Holman Ranch Pinot Noir offerings. I previously had sampled, and greatly enjoyed, the Heather’s Hill and Hunters’ Cuvee. It was time to see if Kelly’s Press was a good match with our meal – and how it stacked up to other Holman Ranch Pinot.
In the glass the wine is light garnet with a medium body. The flavor profile is herbal with cherry highlights. As you might expect, the tannins are very light. There is good acidity that gives the wine a playful spirit.
Together, Kelly’s Press and the pork chops bonded perfectly. The sage dressing pulled out the herbal notes in the wine. The brandied apples weren’t a very good pairing – and probably wouldn’t be with any wine. The apples, though delicious, were too sweet and we needed to munch on another part of the entrée before sipping the wine again.
Holman Ranch offers an enticing portfolio of Pinot Noir. In addition to those mentioned above, it also offers a very good Estate Pinot Noir. If you are rambunctious, you can purchase a vertical of 2010, 2011 and 2012 Pinot Noir. The pinnacle of their Pinot Noir is Jarman, which prices out at $80.
Kelly’s Press retails for a nice price of $26. It represents a great value and is a super addition to your dinner table.
Full disclaimer: This wine was received as a marketing sample.