Handley Estate Vineyard, Anderson Valley
The 2015 Vintage was the warmest and earliest to date at our organically farmed Handley Estate Vineyard. Fortunately, temperatures moderated somewhat at harvest time allowing us to pick our fruit at optimal ripeness. This Estate Pinot is a selection of our favorite barrels from block 1A Martini clone and block 7 Dijon clone 777. Dark fruit and acidity of the Martini is balanced by the supple red fruit of the Dijon 777. This wine features essences of mushroom broth, chamomile tea, anise, black cherries, and baking spices. Concentrated dark fruit flavors of black cherries and ripe plum intermingle with flavors of raspberries and cherry cola with hints of
cardamom. Round and full on the palate, dense fruit remains. Additional time in the bottle has resulted in velvety tannins, while the bright acidity preserves the fruit framing the long and complex finish.
Cases produced 206, alcohol 13.2%, titratable acidity 5.7 g/L, pH 3.64