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Handley Cellars

Handley Cellars
2013 Estate Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.8% RS: <1%
Organically Grown Grapes
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$47

Handley Cellars
2013 Estate Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.8% RS: <1%
Ruby color. Baked aromas and flavors of cranberry, peppery spices, and earth with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a medium-length finish evoking accents of sour cherry yogurt, dried citrus, and nut skin with earthy tannins. A dry earthy Pinot Noir for the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: cranberry, peppery spices, and earth
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of sour cherry yogurt, dried citrus, and nut skin
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A dry earthy Pinot Noir for the table.

The Producer

Handley Cellars

The Producer
3151 Hwy 128
Philo, CA 95466
USA
1 707-895-3876

Their Portfolio

91 Handley Cellars 2013 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley 13.8% (USA) $32.00.
93 Handley Cellars 2014 Estate Vineyard, Chardonnay, Anderson Valley 13.2% (USA) $25.00.
86 Handley Cellars 2013 Estate Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley 13.8% (USA) $47.00.
91 Handley Cellars 2014 Estate Vineyard, Chardonnay, Anderson Valley 13.2% (USA) $25.00.
93 Handley Cellars 2015 Estate Vineyard Rosé, Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley 13.1% (USA) $25.00.
88 Handley Cellars 2015 Pinot Blanc, Mendocino County 13.4% (USA) $22.00.
92 Handley Cellars 2015 Estate Vineyard, Chardonnay, Anderson Valley 13.1% (USA) $25.00.
89 Handley Cellars 2015 Estate Vineyard, Gewurztraminer, Anderson Valley 13.5% (USA) $22.00.
91 Handley Cellars 2015 Pinot Gris, Anderson Valley 13.6% (USA) $20.00.
87 Handley Cellars 2016 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir Rosé , Anderson Valley 13.2% (USA) $25.00.
93 Handley Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley 13.9% (USA) $32.00.
88 Handley Cellars 2014 Estate Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley 13.6% (USA) $47.00.
88 Handley Cellars 2014 RSM Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley 13.6% (USA) $52.00.
91 Handley Cellars 2016 Pinot Gris, Anderson Valley 13.6% (USA) $20.00.
88 Handley Cellars 2014 Zinfandel, Anderson Valley 14.8% (USA) $25.00.
93 Handley Cellars 2016 Estate Vineyard, Chardonnay, Anderson Valley 13.3% (USA) $25.00.
90 Handley Cellars 2015 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley 13.8% (USA) $32.00.
92 Handley Cellars 2015 Estate Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley 13.2% (USA) $47.00.
91 Handley Cellars 2015 RSM Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley 13.4% (USA) $52.00.
94 Handley Cellars 2017 Pinot Gris, Anderson Valley 13.2% (USA) $25.00.

Pinot Noir

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Serve in a Burgundy Wine Glass
Pinot Noir is one of the world’s most fascinating red varieties. While many red grapes produces wines of power and youthful intensity, a wine made from Pinot Noir is often more refined with higher acidity and lower levels of tannins. The spiritual home for Pinot Noir is Burgundy, where it is produced in many styles, from very light to examples that can age for two to three decades.

Pinot Noirs tend to have aromas and flavors red cherry fruit, while some offer notes of wild strawberry, plum or even floral notes such as carnation and red roses. As tannins in Pinot Noir are not as pronounced as in a grape such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Nebbiolo, most Pinot Noirs can be enjoyed upon release, which is usually two to three years after the vintage.

Burgundy works extremely well for Pinot Noir, as it is a cool climate; a warm or hot climate would not bring out the perfumes of the variety. Thus growers in several countries have planted Pinot Noir in their coolest regions, looking to emulate Burgundy. These include the Willamette Valley in Oregon; Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills in California (among others); Central Otago in New Zealand; Casablanca and San Antonio Valleys in Chile and the Rheinhessen, Pfalz and Baden in Germany (where the grape is known as Spatburgunder). The concept of terroir – a wine is the producet of its specific environment – is most often associated with Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noirs tend to pair well with poultry (duck a l’orange is a classic match), game birds and even certain types of seafoods (as tannins are low), such as salmon, tuna and halibut.