Anderson Valley, California
Handley Pinot Gris is a refreshing white wine gem from the beautiful Anderson Valley appellation of Mendocino. Wine & Spirits magazine named the 2006 vintage Pinot Gris among its Top 100 Wines of 2007, rating it an impressive 94 points! Winemaker Milla Handley was also honored as Best Mendocino Producer by the magazine: "Milla Handley has impressed us for years with the subtle pleasure of her Anderson Valley wines. Her fresh and mouthwatering whites are consistently at the top of their class." Robert Parker is also a fan of Handley Cellars: “Milla Handley produces fruit-driven wines of excellent ripeness, purity and overall symmetry..." The winery uses organic methods and its Anderson Valley Estate vineyard is certified organic.
Handley Pinot Gris is straw yellow in color with a round texture and luscious mouthfeel. It offers aromas of tangerine, citrus and honeysuckle, followed by rich flavors of nectarine, citrus and a touch of vanilla. The wine was fermented 80% in neutral French oak to enhance texture and a creamy mouthfeel and 20% in stainless steel to preserve the natural floral characteristics of Pinot Gris. It is nicely balanced with a long, cleansing finish.
Enjoy Handley Pinot Gris over the next 4-5 years with roast halibut, grilled salmon, fried chicken and soft cheeses. The winery also suggests a Vietnamese curry with chicken and coconut milk as a good match for this Pinot Gris.