After our trip to Carmel by the Sea and the Hofsas House, we decided to take a trip up to Holman Ranch, a gorgeous estate in Carmel Valley. We first visited their tasting room, and were introduced to nine different wines. Yes, you read that right, nine different wines. So many!
The first wine we tried was called the 2013 Estate Grown Virgin Chardonnay. It had a floral aroma and was citrus to the taste. Cost: $23 per bottle.
The second wine we tried was The 2012 Estate Grown Chardonnay. It had a strong oaky smell and taste that was mixed with aromas of orchard fruit like apples and pears. The finish was crisp and light. Cost: $26 per bottle.
The next wine was the 2013 Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc. It had a subtle note of the musque clone and had a light citrus taste, mixed with a unmistakable minerality. Cost: $19 per bottle.
The fourth wine was the 2013 Estate Grown Pinot Gris. This was a smooth and crisp wine with lovely aromas of ginger and honey. Cost: $17 per bottle.
The 2014 Estate Grown .5 Degrees Brix was the next wine we tried. I have to say that this wine was our favorite, by far. We ended up buying a few bottles to bring back home with us. It had lots of tropical fruit intensity and a beautifully pleasant citrus nose. Cost: $19 per bottle.
The 2012 Estate Grown Kelly’s Press Pinot Noir was next on the list to try. It smelled of light fruity and earthy notes. It had a strong taste of red apple and a slight peppery taste. Cost: $26 per bottle.
2012 Estate Grown HEather’s Hill Pinot Noir was next. This had strong notes of black pepper and black cherry, with a hint of black licorice at the finish. It was quite tasty! Cost $36 per bottle.
The eighth wine we tried was a simple 2011 Estate Grown Pinot Noir. Dried cherries and light oak waft from the glass, and it had a bright acid up front to the taste. It offered a creamy finish as well. Cost $34 per bottle.
And finally, the last wine we tried was the 2011 Estate Grown Hunter’s Cuvee Pinot Noir. It had a soft and creamy nose with hints of cherry licorice and eucalyptus. It had a very velvety texture and a warm spiced finish. Cost $41 per bottle.
After trying all 9 wines, we decided to head to the room to get settled in.And to compose ourselves, for we were a bit tipsy after all of that wine!
The room was quaint and filled with rustic, western interior. We loved the theme!
After getting settled and freshened up, we took a tour of the grounds with the rest of the group of media that was there.
Next up was a trip to Will’s Fargo, the Holman Ranch restaurant, as well as a visit to the Jarman tasting room. Their Jarman wine is brand new and it is more of a premier wine.
We tried both the chardonnay and the pinot noir. I have to say, while both are delicious, the pinot is my favorite. The Jarman lounge is quaint and offers many seating arrangements. Great for a small party.
A will’s relish tray was also served as an appetizer. Equipped with cucumbers, carrots and olives. Very refreshing.
Next was the entree. Which was a delicious combination of roasted free range chicken, potato au gratin and mixed greens. The potatoes were creamy, and cheesy. Delicious!
The estate is 400 acres and includes a fully restored historic stone hacienda, overnight guest rooms, vineyards and wine caves, olive groves, horse stables, and two tasting rooms. It’s quite a large estate!
There are many opportunities and locations to set up for a wedding or other large event. Quite picturesque. It was really fun to walk through the vineyards and see the large assortment of grape vines.
I have to say, that hands down, the breakfast from From Scratch was my favorite of the entire trip. I got the biscuits and gravy (I know, I’m a bit obsessed with this dish). And chad got corn beef hash and potatoes and eggs.
This post has been brought to you by Holman Ranch. I truly recommend visiting their estate, or at least trying their wine. It’s quite good! You’re missing out if you pass this up.
More about Holman Ranch:
The story of Holman Ranch is truly unique; a special story about a wonderful place that began when California was still part of Mexico. Under the Crown of Spain, the ranch was part of the lands bestowed to the Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo. When the Mexican government secularized the mission lands, one of the first ranchers in Carmel Valley, Don Jose Manuel Boronda, was granted the Los Laureles Rancho—6,625 acres that included what is now Holman Ranch. Their ranch passed through many hands until the Pacific Improvements Company acquired it in 1882.
In 1928, a San Francisco businessman, Gordon Armsby, was attracted to the rich farmland and leisurely pace of Carmel Valley, and purchased 600 acres in the Los Laureles area of the Valley, including what would be Holman Ranch.
Armsby hired Clarence Tantau (of Del Monte Hotel fame) to design the home that would reside on his new property. Tantau and Armsby chose a classic Spanish-style hacienda, which proffered impressive stone walls—all built from local Carmel stone. They installed handmade Mexican terracotta roofing and hand-carved oak-beamed ceilings. Nestled in a stand of mature oaks, nicknamed “Casa Escondida”, or “Hidden House”, the estate served as an exclusive hideaway for many Hollywood celebrities including Charlie Chaplin and Theda Bara.