Handley CellarsHandley’s vineyards are located in Mendocino County in cool and sometimes foggy Anderson Valley. Milla Handley and her husband began making wine 26 years ago and continue to craft small quantities of several varietals using sustainable farming methods and the highest quality fruit. Named Best Vineyard in Mendocino County be Wine & Spirits Magazine several years ago.
|Most of the fruit for this Gewurztraminer blend comes from the Boonville end of Anderson Valley, where the warmer weather tends to encourage tropical fruit and floral aromas as well as ripe tannins for this spicy grape. This vintage offers enticing aromas of lavender, honeysuckle, pear, incense, white peaches, and orange zest. The aromas are complemented by the textured palate, with flavors of grapefruit, citrus, lychee, and a hint of baking spice on the finish. It is balanced and fresh enough to be served as an aperitif or with many recipes. Its rich texture pairs nicely with cheeses, as well as with Chinese or Thai dishes.|
|Pinot Gris: The fruit from the warmer Boonville end of Anderson Valley contributes tropical flavors of this Pinot Gris, while the cooler Deep End grapes offer more delicate floral and mineral qualities. The result is a beautiful wine with aromas of lemongrass, orange blossom, honeysuckle, and white peach, flavors of pear, melon and cucumber, a creamy texture and long spicy finish. Enjoy Handley's Pinot Gris with a variety of dishes, including cheeses, roasted fennel, asaparagus risotto, chicken, or seafood.|
|Handley's Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc offers delicate aromas of passion fruit, guava, orange blossom, and a hint of fresh grapefruit. This wine shows excellent texture on the palate, with concentrated flavors of honeydew melon, kiwi fruit, key lime pie, and a bit of mineral on the finish. |
This Sauvignon Blanc is one of Handley's most food-friendly wines. The balanced fruit and acidity make it a natural fit for oysters on the halfshell, sushi with wasabi, or chicken stir fry with ginger and cilantro.
|Chardonnay Dry Creek Valley: This wine is a blend of the four different Chardonnay clones in Handley's Dry Creek Valley vineyard, each contributing a unique component to the final product. This vintage of Dry Creek Chardonnay is a wonderful accompaniment to any meal, both as an aperitif and as a complement to the entreé. The nose is redolent of apricots, peaches, mandarin oranges, and baking spieces, while the mouth offers melon, banana, creamy meyer lemon and an exotic fruit finish.|
The tropical flavors and creamy texture in this wine make the perfect match for seafood dishes. Also try it with vegetable lasagna or other vegetarian fare. It's also perfect on its own, before dinner.
|Handley Chardonnay is a unique blend of fruits from several Anderson Valley vineyards. It offers enticing aromas of daffodils, pears, citrus, and apple blossoms - a bit of spring in a glass! The aromas are complemented by the balanced palate, which offers flavors of pineapple, pears, and citrus rind, with a hint of sweet oak on the finish. This wine is balanced and fresh enough to be served as an aperitif or with food. Try it with cheese, roasted chicken, or risotto.|
|Pinot Noir Anderson Valley: Handley's goal is to produce Pinots that reflect the vintage and region where they are grown. This Pinot Noir is a blend of twelve different vineyards, each contributing an element of complexity, giving it beautiful aromas of cherry, violets, lavender, and blueberry, along with hints of chocolate. Their Estate vineyard Martini clone brightens the wine, while the Dijon clones contribute to its long, silky finish.|
The mild acidity of Handley's 2007 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir makes it an excellent accompaniment to cheeses such as goat or triple cremes, while the textures complement lamb, duck, or salmon dishes as well.
|Pinot Noir Mendocino County: Throughout the 2007 growing season, the weather was near perfect, allowing Handley to bring in fruit with excellent texture and flavor. This Mendocino County Pinot Noir is a fruit-forward, multi-layered wine. It shows aromas of blackberry and dark plum, with a bit of blueberry, cinnamon, and vanilla. A smooth texture carries the flavor into a long finish.|
A versatile food pairing wine, Handley's 2007 Pinot Noir, Mendocino County has a special affinity for caramelized flavors. Try it with crisp herb-roasted potatoes, roast leg of lamb with rosemary and garlic, or grilled teriyaki beef and chicken.
|Syrah: In 2001, Handley planted two different Syrah clones in their Dry Creek Valley vineyard. Each contributes its own unique flavors - one with strayberry and raspberry notes, the other more blueberry and blackberry. Together they create a nice complexity for this Syrah. The nose offers aromas of hibiscus, black raspberry, and tobacco, while the palate comes through with raspberry, blueberry, great texture and structure, with a long, chocolate finish. Try it with lamb roast, duck in balsamic reduction, or your favorite risotto.|
|Zinfandel Redwood Valley: The grapes for this blend came from two small family-owned vineyards in Redwood Valley. This warm inland valley, just north and east of Ukiah, is well-suited to growing Zinfandel. Both Kazmet and Oldham Vineyards are home to some lovely head-pruned vines, and consistently produce balanced Zinfandel fruit in classic style.|
This Zinfandel is a versatile wine. While the nose offers black raspberry, blackberry, chocolate and tobacco aromas, the mouth is balanced with flavors of dried cherries and raspberries, good structure, and a long cocoa finish. Try it with pasta and meatballs, barbequed steak, or grilled veggies.
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