Jarman Tasting Room Opens June 2015
CARMEL VALLEY, CA — Terroir is the most important force in creating distinct wines. The French word speaks to a wine’s place of origin, its subtle nuances of traceable character, flavor, lineage and integrity.
Jarman Fearing Lowder grew up in Chattanooga, Tenn., and lived up to being voted “best all around” in high school. She earned a nursing degree, worked as an R.N. and raised three daughters with her husband Thomas. An active volunteer, animal lover, athlete and enthusiastic traveler, Jarman wanted to spend her golden years making wine with her husband at Holman Ranch, an idyllic piece of property in Carmel Valley they purchased to realize that dream.
Tragically, Jarman died in March of 2011 at age 60 following a long battle with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
To honor her mother’s memory, Holman Ranch manager and eldest daughter Hunter Lowder has vowed to take the best hand-selected estate grapes and create two premium varietals — Jarman Chardonnay and Jarman Pinot Noir ($1 from each bottle sold will go to Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation). Founded in 1998 by co-chairmen Leonard A. and Ronald S. Lauder of the Estée Lauder family, the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) provides funding to leading scientists who are conducting the most promising, innovative Alzheimer’s drug research worldwide. Our goal is to seed-fund early-stage research that may otherwise go unfunded. By supporting cutting edge, diverse, novel research projects around the globe, we increase the chance of finding a cure. It is ADDF’s mission to rapidly accelerate the discovery of drugs to prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias and cognitive aging. https://www.alzdiscovery.org/about-addf
“We are thrilled to be working with Holman Ranch. Having known Jarman Lowder personally, I am so proud to be linked to a fine wine in her name. 100% of every $1 donated through our partnership will go directly to Alzheimer’s drug research to find effective treatments for this dreadful disease that touches millions.” – Howard Fillit, MD, Founding Executive Director and Chief Science Officer, ADDF
“We wanted to honor her, give back and increase awareness,” Hunter said. “Everything we do here and the reason all this exists is because of her.”
The Jarman label will reflect quality, with only the best local grapes used during a artisanal, small-batch winemaking process. Jarman wine uses only 100 percent estate-grown, organic and certified-sustainable grapes. Aged in French oak barrels, Jarman’s vintages are held in limited supply, and not available anywhere outside the tasting room. The two varietals include:
- The 2013 Jarman Pinot Noir takes on nuances of warm blueberry pie, cloves and cinnamon that mingle in the nose with oak notes from 10 months in the barrel. The mouth-feel is plump and juicy with overtones of cassis and blackberries.
- The 2014 Jarman Chardonnay features floral notes reminiscent of walking by a parfumerie in France — subtle and pleasant with a hint of earthiness. When serving this wine lightly chilled, rich notes of under-ripe berries and raw honey will waltz across your palate.
To further honor their mother’s memory, the family will open a special tasting room in June in Carmel Valley Village (open noon to 5 p.m., Thurs.-Sun.; or by appointment) next to Will’s Fargo, the restaurant they purchased in 2014. The tastings will feature full-fledged experiences, including tours and wine education, and each will include a food element that complements the wine.
The new Jarman tasting room will provide visitors with three unique experiences : Cru Tasting, Premier Cru Experience and the Grand Cru Experience.