September 15, 2016

Holman Ranch and Jarman Wines

Holman Ranch vintners have introduce two estate-grown wines from the 2015 growing season .5 Degrees Brix ($21 per bottle) and Rose of Pinot Noir ($22). Holman Ranch’s 21 acres of vineyards lie between 950 and 1150 feet in elevation, rich with the root stocks and soils that are most important in producing excellent fruit from the vineyards.

I had the chance to try the .5 Degrees Brix, which was awarded silver medals at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The .5 Degrees Brix features ripe stone fruit flavors and a hint of citrus. This slightly sweet Pinot Gris blend has lots of tropical fruit intensity and a beautifully pleasant citrus nose. It is soft and supple but rounded out with brilliant acidity. I loved the sweetness combined with the pop of citrus. It is smooth and perfect with fish or chicken. At just $21 a bottle, it is also affordable.

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 proven to be an excellent growing location for vineyards.

The surrounding Santa Lucia Mountains play a crucial role in Carmel Valley viticulture, holding 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.

The historic Holman Ranch also 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. The property includes a fully restored stone hacienda, overnight guest rooms, vineyards, olive grove, horse stables and more. You can find Holman Ranch on Facebook and Instagram.

The fertile soils and ideal growing conditions of Carmel Valley, Calif., have spawned delectable new wines from Holman Ranch and Jarman Wines, two of Central California’s most-celebrated wineries. You can purchase Holman Ranch Wines, including the .5 Degrees Brix Pinot Gris, via

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