Sonoma Coast Holtermann Pinot Noir 2021
Alma Fria

Sonoma Coast Holtermann Pinot Noir 2021
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"The 2021 Pinot Noir Holtermann Vineyard is one of the most expressive and engaging Pinots I have tasted from Alma Fria. Intensely floral and spiced, the 2021 has real dimension to match its dynamic, vibrant personality. Crushed red/purplish berry fruit, blood orange, chalk, mint and white pepper all race through the 2021, a wine that offers tons of West Sonoma Coast energy, but with more fruit density than in the past. This is a superb showing." Antonio Galloni - 94 Pts

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Sonoma Coast Holtermann Pinot Noir 2021
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Alma FriaCalifornia

Alma Fria is a small boutique winery located near Annapolis in the West Sonoma Coast AVA. Founded in 2012, it began as a side project for winemaker Carroll Kemp, who was also co-founder of the successful Red Car Winery. Alma Fria's philosophy is to reveal the complexity of the terroir…

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Vineyards and Winemaking 

  • Vineyard location: Crafted from grapes grown in the Holtermann vineyard (53%) and those of West Sonoma Coast friends (47%), located in the West Sonoma Coast appellation. 
  • Farming practices: Farmed using sustainable and organic practices. The vineyard is dry-farmed, and the grapes are handpicked to ensure the highest quality fruit is used in the winemaking process. 
  • Climate: Cool, coastal and heavily influenced by the Pacific Ocean. The region experiences moderate temperatures and abundant fog, which creates a long, slow growing season for the grapes. 
  • Harvest: Handpicked in early September, at optimal ripeness. The fruit was carefully sorted to ensure only the best grapes were used in the wine. 
  • Aging: Aged for 10 months in French oak barrels, 35% of which were new. 
  • Bottling: Bottled in August 2022, after undergoing a light filtration. 

Tasting Notes 

  • Aromas: Highly perfumed, with intense aromas of ripe red raspberry, black cherry, and tangerine pith. Complemented by hints of sappy fir needles, mint, and white pepper. 
  • Taste: Well integrated and precisely balanced. Bright notes of red raspberry and black cherry combine with a vibrant acidity and a hint of tangerine pith. 
  • Finish: Silky and persistent, with a long finish.                                                                                                                

Food Pairing Suggestions

Highly versatile and pairs well with a range of dishes, from roasted poultry and pork to grilled salmon or tuna. Its bright acidity and fruit flavours make it a great match for earthy mushroom dishes or pasta with a tomato-based sauce. 

Cellaring Potential 

This wine is drinking beautifully now, but can also be aged for up to 5-7 years. 


Antonio Galloni – 94 pts