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Handley Chardonnay 2012

Handley Chardonnay 750ml 2012    
Sku: 1865367*

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
A dry wine that offers notes of lemon custard, melon and stone fruit with hints of jasmine and honeysuckle and fresh lemongrass.

Technical notes
The fruit was pressed whole cluster and racked off its solids. Fermentation began in tank; two thirds was transferred to neutral 500 liter oak puncheons and an 870 gallon oak foudre. The remainder fermented in stainless steel to enhance the floral aromas.

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