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Handley Cellars

Handley Cellars
2015 RSM Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.4%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$52
Cellar Selection

Handley Cellars
2015 RSM Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.4%
Dark dusty ruby color. Aromas of dried cherries and figs, rooibos tea, kumquat, and leather with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long spice cabinet, sumac, and thyme finish with moderate oak flavor. A spicy and dense, serious Pinot Noir; cellar.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky, Fruity & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: dried cherries and figs, rooibos tea, kumquat, and leather
Taste Flavor: spice cabinet, sumac, and thyme
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-6 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Roast Pork With Grilled Peaches, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A spicy and dense, serious Pinot Noir; cellar.

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.