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Handley Cellars

Handley Cellars
2014 Estate Vineyard, Chardonnay, Anderson Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.2%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$25

Handley Cellars
2014 Estate Vineyard, Chardonnay, Anderson Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.2%
Bright medium yellow straw color. Bright, buttery, creamy toasty aromas and flavors of coconut cream pie, pineapple upside down cake, and lemon chiffon with a soft, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-length finish that shows notes of caramel apple, kiwi relish, white toffee, and pickled melon with soft, fruit tannins and moderate oak flavor. A very tropical marriage of oak and fruit with nice balance.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, juicy & smooth, oaky, rich & full & spicy & complex
Aroma Aroma: coconut cream pie, pineapple upside down cake, and lemon chiffon
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of caramel apple, kiwi relish, white toffee, and pickled melon
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own or with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Chicken with Mango-Papaya Relish, Coconut Crusted Shrimp , Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very tropical marriage of oak and fruit with nice balance.

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.

Chardonnay

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

The most renowned examples of Chardonnay are from small villages and vineyards in Burgundy, such as Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. These wines are very powerful with ample spicy notes and very good acidity; they age very well, sometimes as long as 20-25 years. Another part of Burgundy, Chablis, is home to more restrained style of Chardonnay. Certain areas of California, especially Russian River Valley in Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are also home to many distinguished examples of Chardonnay, with those from the latter region often displaying tropical fruit flavors.

Given that most Chardonnnays are aged in small oak barrels, there has been a movement as of late to give consumers a mored delicate style of Chardonnay, without all the spicy and toasty flavors. Thus there are now many producers that produce non-oak aged Chardonnays; this has been seen from many producers from Australia as well as a few in California as well.

Chardonnay, especially oak-aged versions, are quite rich and need seafood of equal richness at the dinner table. Thus lobster, halibut and swordfish are ideal food pairings.