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Handley Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2009

Handley Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 750ml 2009      
Sku: 1778430

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Founded in 1982 by winemaker Milla Handley, Handley Cellars is located in the Anderson Valley appellation of Mendocino County, California. Milla Handley and co-winemaker Kristen Barnhisel believe in a winemaking regime that emphasizes terroir, vintage and natural varietal expression. Percentage of whole berries, choice of fermentation yeasts, punch-down regime, length of fermentation time and choice of barrels are all adjusted to fit the fruit. “We use a number of techniques to promote appropriate acidity, minerality and aromatic qualities, says Milla. She and Kristen are fermentation specialists and will use as many as 20 different cultured or natural yeasts per harvest. Milla and Kristen use sustainable farming methods and prefer to work with winemakers who share their perspective. Fruit is sourced from the Handley’s own 30 acre CCOF certified organic Estate Vineyard or purchased from sustainable and/or organic growers.

Tasting notes
The displays notes of cherry, violets, lavender, and blueberry and chocolate that is balanced by tannins and a long silky finish.

 Ultimate Beverage Challenge 95 points (Jun 2013)
A Pinot Noir that offers plum and cherry aromas and flavors. There is a dark mineral component reminiscent of pencil lead. All continue on the palate, joined by sweet baking spices and vanilla. The texture is silky and the finish is long. ”

Technical notes
The fruit was destemmed and gently crushed with 40% whole berries retained. To boost the wine’s natural structure and flavors, Handley uses several different yeasts during fermentation, after which the wine aged for 10 months in French oak (23% new).

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Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Mendocino County
Appellation: Anderson Valley
Grape Varietal: Pinot Noir
Type: Still wine
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