The blend presents aromas of blackberry, dark plum and notes of dried cherry, blueberry, cinnamon and vanilla. The cherry element continues to the palate, joined by hints of raspberry and toast which leads to a smooth, long finish.
Wine Spectator 88 points - Features medium-weight raspberry and wild berry fruit that’s fresh and snappy, with touches of spice, dried herb and underbrush filling in on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,293 cases made. –JL
(Jun 15 2014)
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 Randy Schock make key winemaking and vinification decisions, such as percentage of whole berries, type of fermentation yeast, punch down regiment, length of fermentation time and barrel type based on vintage. She and Randy are fermentation specialists and will use up to 20 different cultured or natural yeasts per harvest. Milla and Randy prefer to work with winemakers who practice sustainable farming and all 30 acres of the Handley estate are CCOF certified organic.
|Wine maker notes
|“We use a number of techniques to promote appropriate acidity, minerality and aromatic qualities.” -Milla Handley
|Fruit from three different appellations - Potter Valley, Anderson Valley, and Mendocino Ridge - was gently crushed (40% whole berries) into open-top fermentors, inoculated with cultured yeasts, punched down twice per day and aged for nine months sur lie with battonage in French, Hungarian, and American oak barrels (21% new).
|Handley Cellars is a small (about 14,000 cases per year) family-owned winery in California's Mendocino County, bonded in 1982. We are located at the northwest end of the Anderson Valley on 59 acres of the original Holmes Ranch. Still standing on the property are the now-refurbished ranch house, barn, and the original water tower.
At Handley Cellars we offer a wide variety of wines that complement today's diverse cuisine with its worldwide influences. Handley's winemaker Milla Handley seeks to make balanced wines that possess distinctive varietal characteristics, wines that reflect the soil and climate in which they were grown.