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Handley Cellars

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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.
Philo, CA
Phone: (800) 733-3151
Website: http://www.handleycellars.com
Appellation: Anderson Valley
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Chardonnay
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2005 Chardonnay, Anderson Valley
Anderson Valley

With its beautiful pale golden color, this wine is pleasing to the eye as well as to the palate. Aromas of honeysuckle and ripe apples move to pear and apple flavors, with mineral ... moreaccents. As the vines in our Estate Vineyard have matured, they produce grapes with well-developed flavors at much lower sugar levels, allowing us to produce flavorful Chardonnay with less alcohol. Lower alcohol, along with its complexity, fruit, pleasant acidity, and use of a large percentage of neutral oak, are all characteristics that make our Estate Chardonnay a welcome change from heavier Chardonnays on the market. These characteristics also make it very food friendly, complementing delicate white-fleshed fish as well as pasta with white sauce.

$20.00  
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Chardonnay
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2005 Chardonnay
Dry Creek, Handley Vineyard

The 2005 Chardonnay is a nicely balanced wine. Its flavors mirror the refreshing bouquet of fresh oranges and pineapple, with a hint of spice. The fruitiness, texture, and good bal ... moreance of this wine allow it to hold up to foods with a bit of spice, like sushi or mild chicken molé.

$20.00  
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Gewurztraminer
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2006 Gewürztraminer
Anderson Valley

Aromas of melon and lychee are enhanced by heady orange blossom perfume. The palate is layered with spice, grapefruit, and peaches.

The clean fruit flavors and excel ... morelent structure of this dry wine make it a natural partner to a wide variety of food, from mildly spicy Thai curries to classic Alsace sauerbraten.

$18.00  
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Pinot Gris
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2006 Pinot Gris
Anderson Valley

The luscious viscosity of this wine is evident when it is swirled in the glass. Tangerine aromas precede equally fresh tangerine flavors, with a hint of honeysuckle. It is rich and ... more full on the palate, with distinctive Pinot Gris aromatics throughout.

A Vietnamese curry with chicken and coconut milk is a good match for this Pinot Gris: the wine’s mineral qualities balance the richness of the coconut milk, its slight residual sugar holds up to spicy chiles, and its aromatics play off the curry’s spices.


$18.00  
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Riesling
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2006 Riesling
Mendocino County

A lovely example of dry-style Riesling. This wine is reminiscent of ripe peaches from start to finish. Rich and full on the palate, it will be a wonderful aperitif, as well as a fi ... morene accompaniment to Asian food.

$19.00  
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2006 Pinot Blanc
Anderson Valley, Hein Vineyard

This is Handley Cellars’ first Pinot Blanc, originating from Hein Vineyard, which is located at the northern end of Anderson Valley, very near Handley’s Estate Vineyard.
... more /> With aromas of gardenia, peaches, and a touch of cinnamon, this wine starts soft on the front palate, moving into flavors of apples and creme brulée. Pinot Blanc is reminiscent of a crisp Chardonnay, and thus pairs well with some of the same foods. It shows a bit more spice than Chardonnay, so it will balance mildly spicy curries with scallops or prawns.

$20.00  
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2005 Sauvignon Blanc, Ferrington Vineyard
Anderson Valley, Ferrington Vineyard

On the nose, this wine exhibits elements of tangerines and mango, with a touch of lemon verbena. Luxurious softness on the front palate is layered with tangerine, cantaloupe, and l ... moreemon curd throughout the finish. Thai curries and noodle dishes, with their complex layers and spices, will nicely balance the full palate and tropical flavors of this Sauvignon Blanc.

$15.00  
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Sauvignon Blanc
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2005 Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley
Dry Creek Valley

The 2005 Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc offers aromas of daffodil and lemon zest with forward fruit, tropical flavors, and a creamy finish.

This is an ideal wine t ... moreo serve with a goat chevre. The tangy acidity of the cheese complements the balanced acidity of the wine; the chevre’s creamy texture lengthens the wine’s presence on the palate.

$15.00  
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Viognier
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2005 Viognier
Dry Creek Valley, Handley Vineyard

This wine is exceptional: on the nose it is floral, tangerine, pear, and orange blossom. The texture is light and creamy, with focused apricot flavors.

$19.00  
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Other White
CAW Rating: 89
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2006 Water Tower White

This wine is 78% Viognier and 22% Gewurztraminer. It begins with aromas of coconut and orange blossoms and moves to full palate flavors of oranges and lemon cream.

$12.00  
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Pinot Noir
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2005 Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley

The 2005 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is a complex wine with beautiful aromatics of roses, violets, chocolate, blueberry, and strawberry. With dark cherry acidity and silky tannin st ... moreructure, it offers good mid-palate texture and long finish. The wine’s subtle acidity makes it a very good complement to fresh goat cheese. Ripe tannins and good structure complement lamb, duck, and salmon.

$30.00  
Pinot Noir
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2004 Reserve Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, Estate Vineyard

arefully selected from barrels of our Anderson Valley Estate Pinot Noir, this wine offers heavenly cherry and chocolate aromas anchored by a slight earthiness. Feel it caress the p ... morealate with flavors of wild blackberries, lavender, and cassis. A wine this complex pairs beautifully with high quality, classic food, such as grilled filet mignon or boeuf bourguignon.

$52.00  
Pinot Noir
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2005 Pinot Noir
Mendocino County

Handley’s 2005 Mendocino Pinot Noir offers aromas of violets and a hint of nutmeg. Subtle oak adds depth and complexity to bright raspberry flavors. This wine is very approachable. ... more Its forward fruit and medium body make it a good wine to serve with mildly spicy beef curries or Asian-spiced short ribs.
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Syrah
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2004 Syrah, Dry Creek Valley
Dry Creek Valley

The Handley Vineyard Syrah is rich and complex. Much of this complexity is due to the fact that it is made from two Syrah clones from our Dry Creek Valley vineyard. Clone 877 provi ... moredes dark raspberry and chocolate notes, and clone 470 contributes much of the structure and tannins. The wine offers aromas of rose and licorice. The licorice notes continue on the front of the palate, moving into strawberries and chocolate through the long textured finish.

$25.00  
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Syrah
CAW Rating: 96
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2005 Syrah
Redwood Valley, Kazmet Vineyard

Kazmet Vineyard, farmed by Leila Kazimi and Neal Mettler, lies in the western foothills of Redwood Valley. This small valley (covering about 35 square miles), was first settled and ... more planted by Italian immigrants in the 1850’s, but did not gain official status as an appellation until1997. The Syrah vines in Kazmet Vineyard are beautiful head-trained specimens, planted about nine years ago. California coastal ranges protect the vineyard from much of the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean, allowing Syrah grapes to come to full ripeness.

Reminiscent of a Rhone style Syrah, this wine displays characteristics of bright red berry fruit with underlying blackberry and blueberry intensity, enhanced by a touch of tobacco.


$25.00  
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Zinfandel
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2005 Zinfandel
Mendocino Ridge, Gianoli Ranch

Our Mendocino Ridge Zinfandel has a complex bouquet, with elements of cedar, plums, violets, and boysenberry. Rich dark blackberry flavors predominate, leading to a long finish wit ... moreh accents of chocolate and black raspberry.

The deep fruit flavor of this wine make it a natural partner to meat dishes with a bit of spice: try it with a mild posole with pork and beef.


$25.00  
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Zinfandel
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2005 Zinfandel, Redwood Valley
Redwood Valley

Redwood Valley (covering about 35 square miles), was first settled and planted by Italian immigrants in the 1850’s, but did not gain official status as an appellation until 1997. C ... morealifornia coastal ranges protect the valley from much of the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean, allowing Zinfandel grapes to come to full ripeness.

On the nose, our Redwood Valley Zinfandel is reminiscent of cherry pie: cherries enhanced by vanilla and cinnamon. Hints of bitter chocolate and vanilla add depth to ripe cherry and raspberry flavors.

This Zinfandel is a bit softer and less assertive than other Zinfandels, and can therefore be served with foods that might not be normally associated with Zinfandel: try it with grilled vegetables, roast chicken, or a hearty vegetable soup.


$20.00  
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Sparkling Wine
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2003 Brut Rosé Estate
Anderson Valley

On the nose, this sparkling wine is a heavenly melange of raspberries and strawberries, with a hint of toasted hazelnuts. Red berry flavors are enhanced by fresh acidity and deligh ... moretful effervescence. Handley’s Brut Rosé is not merely a wine for weddings and holidays, but a wine for all occasions. Its complex flavors, balanced acidity, and refreshing bubbles make it a wonderful accompaniment to Indian samosas, spiced nuts, and other appetizers.

$36.00  
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2003 Brut
Anderson Valley

Toasty aromas of hazelnuts. Its velvety texture combines with flavors of guava and vanilla to make another beautifully balanced sparkling wine from Handley Cellars. Handley Brut is ... more not only a wine for weddings and holidays, but a wine for all occasions. Its balanced acidity and refreshing bubbles make it a wonderful accompaniment to Indian samosas, spiced nuts, and other appetizers.

$38.00  
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Rosé
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2006 Pinot Noir Rosé
Mendocino County

This wine fully embraces its Pinot Noir origins. The aromas and flavors reflect its breathtaking coral hue: strawberries, raspberries, and cherries, with a hint of orange peel. The ... more 2006 Pinot Rosé is a very versatile wine at the table. With its subtle acidity and hint of residual sugar, it pairs nicely with Asian-spiced barbecued ribs and spicy tuna tartare.

$18.00  

Updated on January 4, 2008

CrazyAboutWine recommends contacting Handley Cellars at http://www.handleycellars.com or calling (800) 733-3151 to verify the winery's location.

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