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Handley Gewurztraminer 2012

Handley Gewurztraminer 750ml 2012     
Sku: 1830189

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Founded in 1982 by winemaker Milla Handley, Handley Cellars is located in the Anderson Valley appellation of Mendocino County, California. Milla Handley and co-winemaker Randy Schock make key winemaking and vinification decisions such as percentage of whole berries, type of fermentation yeast, punch down regiment, length of fermentation time and barrel type based on vintage. “We use a number of techniques to promote appropriate acidity, minerality and aromatic qualities, says Milla. She and Randy are fermentation specialists and will use up to 20 different cultured or natural yeasts per harvest. Milla and Randy prefer to work with winemakers who practice sustainable farming and all 30 acres of the Handley estate are CCOF certified organic.

Tasting notes
The aromas echo the palate, which offers flavors ofSatsuma oranges, lychee, honey, guava, baking spices and a balanced texture on the dry finish.

Rating
 Ultimate Beverage Challenge 92 points (Jun 2013)
Attractive bouquet of ripe melon, gooseberry, elderflower and candied tangerine. The juicy green apple, peach and melon flavors on the palate are offset by a fantastically deep minerality. This motif is echoed in the refreshing and graceful finish.”

Technical notes
The fruit was whole cluster pressed to tank. After the juice settled for three days, it was racked off its solids prior to fermentation in a stainless steel tank (50%) and neutral French oak (50%).

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Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Mendocino County
Appellation: Anderson Valley
Grape Varietal: Gewurztraminer
Type: Still wine
 
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