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Holman Ranch Vineyards and Winery in Carmel Valley has a secret for its amazing pinot noir.

The winery wizards stress the vines of the estate grown grapes with emphasis on reproduction which stops the growth and ripens the fruit.

Their three pinot noir selections from diverse regions each bring the wine’s character and complexity into the bottle.

The valley configuration allows for fog in the morning but moves out as the air warms the vines. This temperature pampers the grapes and allows them to thrive without restraint.

Aged in new and neutral French oak for seven months, the 2010 Hunter’s Cuvee velvety pinot noir ($40) is a tribute to the vineyard’s passion for quality since 1928. Aromas of strawberry and sweet vanilla bean open the curtain for subtle hints of blueberry and raspberry flavors.

The 2011 Heather’s Hill pinot noir ($37) touts its hillside locale with a garnet hue and concentrated boysenberry aromas. Loganberry and black cherry flavors linger into a silky finish. Pour this after dinner with bitter chocolate or Gruyere cheese.

The light bodied 2010 pinot noir ($33) is bright with fresh strawberry, ripe cherry and blackberry. A whisper of tobacco lingers on the finish. Try this with wild salmon and dill sauce and pork loin.

Come for the wine and olive oil tasting and the wine caves and stay overnight in one of their stunning guest rooms.

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