Holdredge

We first met John and Carri Holdredge in 2007, after a sommelier from Le Bernardin asked us to clear some wine for her. After we tried the wines, we wanted to do more than clear a few cases for a friend- we wanted make them to be part of our book. It’s been a great ride ever since.

John and Carri were winegrowers who began making wine in the mid 90’s. They began making Pinot commercially in 2001, several years before the movie “Sideways” made it “cool” to make Pinot. For them, it was a grape they loved, and a passion they needed to pursue. They run a “family winery in” the truest sense of the phrase- other than a couple harvest interns, they handle all aspects of winemaking themselves, with occasional help from their two kids (not nearly as often as John would like!). John handles the day to day winemaking, but he insists that Carri has the best palate in the family, and no wine is bottled without her blessing.

Their approach to winemaking has always been one of minimal intervention- even before it was catchy to say so- and they have become more entrenched in that approach as the years have passed. Whether it is exclusively using native yeast fermentations, native malolactic fermentations, an abhorrence for “additions”, hand punch downs, or a minimal (but judicious) use of new oak or sulfur, they view their roles as custodians whose job it is to stand aside and let the place speak.

John recently told us that over the years he’s learned that in the vineyard he “thinks less and listens more” (pointing to his heart), and in the winery he’s learned to “just keep my damn hands in my pockets” (not intervene). The wines reflect it- showing the rich flavors of California, with a  thoughtfulness not easily achieved.

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Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB7114-16
Pinot Noir "Bucher" Russian River Valley
2016
Pinot Noir
Bucher Vineyard is situated a few miles to the southwest of Healdsburg on Westside Road, an extremely highly-regarded area for Pinot Noir... Read More
United States California

DB7120-16
Pinot Noir Russian River
2016
Pinot Noir
Notes from the winery: 2016 was the third in a series of extraordinary vintages nature provided. Although the harvest was earlier than many... Read More
United States California

DB0723-14
Pinot Noir "The True" Sonoma Coast
2014
Pinot Noir
The vineyard it is from, the “Campbell Vineyard”, is located about as far north and west as you can go in Sonoma County. Located just... Read More
United States California

DB7892-14
Pinot Noir Petits Cadeaux Sonoma County
2014
Pinot Noir
This vineyard is a collaboration between Mike Sullivan, winemaker and part owner of Benovia Winery, and Chris Bowland, one of the great... Read More
United States California