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Vinography Unboxed: Week of August 19, 2018

VINOGRAPHY: A WINE BLOG
By Alder Yarrow

9 and 9.5 pts: 2014 Alma Fria “Doña Margarita” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma, California
9 pts: 2014 Alma Fria “Plural” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma, California

Recently Tasted Pinot Noir & Chardonnay. Vol 11, Issue 25. June 26, 2018

PINOT FILE
By Rusty Gaffney

93 pts: 2015 Alma Fria Campbell Ranch Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
93 pts: 2015 Alma Fria Plural Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
93 pts: 2015 Alma Fria Doña Margarita Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
92 pts: 2015 Alma Fria Holtermann Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
87 pts: 2015 Alma Fria Plural Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog. June 23, 2018

Wine Reviews: Alma Fria
By Isaac Baker

94 pts: 2015 Alma Fría Chardonnay Campbell Ranch Vineyard – California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
93 pts: 2015 Alma Fría Pinot Noir Holtermann Vineyard – California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
92 pts: 2015 Alma Fría Chardonnay Plural – California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
92 pts: 2015 Alma Fría Pinot Noir Plural Sonoma Coast – California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast

Vinography Unboxed: Week of June 3, 2018

VINOGRAPHY: A WINE BLOG
By Alder Yarrow

9.5 pts: 2015 Alma Fria “Campbell Ranch Vineyard” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma, California
9 and 9.5 pts: 2015 Alma Fria “Plural” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma, California
9 and 9.5 pts: 2014 Alma Fria “Campbell Ranch Vineyard” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma, California
9 and 9.5 pts: 2014 Alma Fria “Plural” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma, California

Vinography Unboxed: Week of May 27, 2018

VINOGRAPHY: A WINE BLOG
By Alder Yarrow

9.5 and 10 pts: 2015 Alma Fria “Doña Margarita Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma, California
9.5 pts: 2015 Alma Fria “Holtermann Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma, California
9.5 pts: 2014 Alma Fria “Holtermann Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma, California
9.0 pts: 2015 Alma Fria “Plural” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma, California

Vinous, Sonoma´s Stellar 2015s and 2016s, April 2018

April 2018 Reviews
By. Antonio Galloni

94 pts. 2015 Alma Fria Holtermann Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)
94 pts. 2015 Alma Fria Campbell Ranch Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)
92 pts. 2015 Alma Fria Doña Margarita Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)
92 pts. 2015 Alma Fria Plural Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)
89 pts. 2015 Alma Fria Plural Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog. August 26, 2017

Wine Reviews: Alma Fria
By Isaac Baker

94 pts: 2014 Alma Fria Holtermann Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
93 pts: 2014 Alma Fria Doña Margarita Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
93 pts: 2014 Alma Fria Campbell Ranch Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
92 pts: 2014 Alma Fria Plural Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
92 pts: 2014 Alma Fria Plural Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Wine Enthusiast, April 2017

April 2017 Reviews
By: Virginie Boone

93 pts. 2014 Alma Fria Plural Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)
92 pts. 2014 Alma Fria Plural Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)
91 pts. 2014 Alma Fria Holtermann Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)
88 pts. 2013 Alma Fria Doña Margarita Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

Vinous, March 2017

March 2017 Reviews
By. Antonio Galloni

91 pts. 2014 Alma Fria Holtermann Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)
91 pts. 2014 Alma Fria Campbell Ranch Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)
90 pts. 2014 Alma Fria Doña Margarita Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)
89 pts. 2014 Alma Fria Plural Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)
88 pts. 2014 Alma Fria Plural Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog. July 23, 2016

Wine Reviews: California Pinot Noir
By Isaac Baker

94 pts: 2013 Alma Fria Doña Margarita Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
93 pts: 2013 Alma Fria Holtermann Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
92 pts: 2013 Alma Fria Plural Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog. May 14, 2016

Wine Reviews: California Chardonnay
By Isaac Baker

Review: 2013 Alma Fría Chardonnay Plural – California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
SRP: $40. A gorgeous Chardonnay that reminds me a bit of Cameron’s Clos Electrique in its insanely bright and delicious quality. (94 points IJB)

Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog. March 19, 2016

Terroirist Weekly Interview with Jan Holtermann
By Alder Pak

Each week, as our regular readers know, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker. This week, we are featuring Jan Holtermann, the proprietor and winemaker at Alma Fria.

Jancis Robinson, June 2015

“Annapolis – Northern Star” by Elaine Chukan Brown
Tasting Article – June 5th, 2015

Alma Fria, Holtermann Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Sonoma Coast. “Natural bright acidity, and mouth-watering length.”

Jancis Robinson, June 2015

“Freestone and Occidental – Ripening on the Edge” by Elaine Chukan Brown
Tasting Article – June 1st, 2015

Alma Fria, Doña Margarita Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Sonoma Coast. “Ultra-long finish”

Wine Enthusiast, June 2015

June 2015 Reviews
Buying Guide Recommendation

93 pts. 2012 Alma Fria Holtermann Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

Wine Mic Monday: December 22, 2014

VAULT 29
By Jan Holtermann

“Wine Mic Monday” is a VAULT29 series based on an “open mic concept” where wineries take over our blog to write about aspects unique to them and their wines. This week, we are proud to feature Alma Fria, a boutique winery crafting beautiful wines from the remote ridgetops of Annapolis (Sonoma Coast AVA).

Where West Coast Wines Come Alive, December 2014

SOSTEVINOBILE

Jan’s current venture showed a seasoned sophistication with these inaugural releases, particularly the single vineyard 2012 Doña Margarita Vineyard Pinot Noir and the 2012 Holtermann Vineyard Pinot Noir.

Must Try Wine of the Week, November 21, 2014

ORANGE COAST MAGAZINE
By Rusty Gaffney

2012 Alma Fria Doña Margarita Vineyard Pinot Noir. This wine exemplifies the wondrous expression of pinot noir that emerges from this region, offering intriguing aromas of damsons, cherries, and exotic spices that build in intensity and interest over time in the glass.

How Top San Francisco Chefs are Liberating the Way we Eat and Drink

WINE MUSE
By Annette Hanami

At the West of West Wine Festival (WOW) this past weekend, top SF chefs Stuart Brioza, Evan Rich and Cortney Burns, joined by sommeliers Paul Einbund and Peter Palmer, shared their collective thoughts on the “Evolution of California Cuisine” to a rapt foodie audience.

West of West Wine Festival – 2014

GRAPE-NUTZ
By Ken Zinns

My overall favorite wine line-ups at the Grand Tasting included Ceritas, Failla, Littorai, and Peay. Promising new producers included Alma Fria and Senses, while the new winemaking team at Claypool is paying immediate dividends.

How the West Won Me – West of West Wine Festival

PALATE EXPOSURE
By Ilona

If you consider yourself any sort of Pinot lover, friend or even a distant acquaintance, you may want to block next’ year’s first weekend of August on your calendar. West of West is a two day festival that takes place in the city of Sebastopol, located in the heart of Sonoma County. The event offers seminars, tastings and elaborate dinners hosted by wine making luminaries.

IWC May/June 2014

STEPHEN TANZER´S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR
By Josh Raynolds

2012 Alma Fria Pinot Noir Dona Margarita Vineyard Sonoma Coast
90 pts.

Brilliant ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red berries, spicecake and potpourri, with a smoky element building in the glass. Sappy raspberry and cherry flavors take a darker turn with air and pick up notes of anise, rose and cola. Supple tannins sneak in on the finish, which echoes the cola and floral notes.