2019 Handley Cellars Pinot Blanc, Mendocino County
This Pinot Blanc from the Schrader Vineyard in Ukiah immediately draws you in with its sunny nature and aromas of spring flowers, apricot blossoms, and musk melon. Fermented primarily in stainless steel. Near the end of fermentation, racked to a traditional oak foudre and smaller neutral oak barrels. Exposure to small amounts of oxygen and the tannins in the neutral oak helped to clarify and soften the wine. Stirring on the yeast lees added a creamy texture. Blessed with juicy melon and pineapple flavors, along with hints of macadamia nuts. Round and full on the palate with a tingling of pineapple on finish.
Varietal: 100% Pinot Blanc
Appellation: Mendocino County
Titratable acidity: 4.8g/L
Residual Sugar: 0.06%
Production: 259 Cases
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Handley Cellars is a small, family-owned winery in California’s Mendocino County. Bonded in 1982, we produce around 9000 cases of wine a year. Our quality starts with our CCOF Certified Organic Estate Vineyards in Anderson Valley. We are located at the northwest end of the Anderson Valley on 59 acres of the original Guntly Ranch. Still standing on the property are the now-refurbished ranch house, plus the barn and water tower, all of which were constructed in the early 20th century.
Founding Winemaker Milla Handley sought to make balanced wines that possess distinctive varietal characteristics and reflect the soil and climate in which they were grown. Our current winemaker, Randy Schock, carries on this tradition, crafting elegant, fruit-driven wines which complement a wide variety of cuisines. Milla’s daughter Lulu now runs Handley Cellars, with the help of her husband Scott Handley and their baby son Golden.
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88 Points. Smooth and subtle, this full-bodied wine features hints of vanilla, butter and light toast alongside a generous Bosc pear impression. It has the feel of a Chardonnay with a slight twist toward savory flavors in addition to fruity ones. JG 11/1/21
HANDLEY Mendocino County Pinot Blanc 2019
Much thanks to Alice for the email and getting the bottle delivered Yesterday (Thursday). Despite my begging off from Ratting since I contracted Covid almost 2 years ago and lost my sense of smell and taste, I guess it’s time to bite the bullet. Disclaimer-> My senses are still not recovered 100%.
Upon screw off and pour after 20-30 minutes out of the fridge, a light straw color, with a light aroma of white flower, quince and gooseberry to a lesser extent and no alcohol despite pretty long lasting legs. initial taste was bright and slightly sour, sharp and tart, a hint of oak, and a tight puckerish medium to long lasting effect on the palate. Dry, and more mineral and flint although I could faintly discern a bit of green fruit but this isn’t fruity by any means.
With a few more minutes in the glass to warm up and breathe a bit, I taste more alcohol. the bouquet reveals more fruit perhaps green apple, adding a bit of melon to the mix. the finish is long with a full mouth feel and layered with astringency.
I think this wine would benefit with food, perhaps something in a cream sauce to offset the acidity and for more nuances to surface. Of course I had nothing on hand to pair with it, sorry.
This wine is not something I would normally prefer to consume, I prefer something softer and more rounded. It may be nice to have on hand as a comparison for other Pinot Blanc styles and regions.
I’ll post an update in the comments below if I get a chance to pair with any food or have a Day 2 tasting early.
Sorry for the late post. Just saw the Casemates offer price. For such a limited production this is a real bargain if this type of Pinot Blanc is in your wheelhouse.
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