Vineyard: Holloran Pavillon Vineyard-Dundee Hills AVA
Holloran's oldest site, planted between 1972 & 1974. Located in the Red Hills of Dundee, Le Pavillon has volcanic soils (Jory) planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, & Riesling, all own-rooted, on 9’ rows.
AVA: Dundee Hills, elevation 580' to 680', primarily south facing.
Orientation: Elevation of 580' to 680', primarily south facing.
Soil: Jory (volcanic, silty clay loam, 5’ to fractured bedrock)
Viticulture: Biodynamically farmed
Vinification: 100% destemmed, small fermenters, hand punch down, mix of indigenous and cultured yeasts
Aging: 18 months in 100% french oak barrels (medium toast), 20% new
This is also aromatically restrained while reluctantly offering up notes of red cherry, currant, underbrush and briar. Once again there is a sleek mouthfeel to the medium weight flavors that possess a lovely sense of vibrancy, all wrapped in a delicious and lingering finish that possesses the best balance thus far. Yes, there is a hint of asperity but in this case it seems much more likely that it will be capable of aging out successfully.