Pinot Noir Blanc
Handley Estate Vineyard, Anderson Valley
Our second release of Pinot Noir Blanc, a white wine made from red Pinot Noir grapes. The fruit was sourced from our organically grown Handley Estate blocks 5A and 5B, Wadenswil clone. This clone originated in Switzerland and produces a lighter colored wine which is slightly herbaceous and has very little tannins and good acidity. Mild temperatures over the summer slowed sugars resulting in lower alcohol and crisp acidity. Cold whole cluster fruit was pressed very gently and stopped when pink juice was noticed. Fermentation was initiated in tank and racked to neutral 500-liter puncheons to age for 4 months. Time in barrels stirring on the lees helped to soften and integrate the natural acidity. Sterile filtered and bottled quickly to avoid malolactic fermentation. Aromas of cherry blossoms and wild ginger with fruit flavors of Rainier cherries, orange, and white peach. Exhibiting a velvety texture reminiscent of a red Pinot Noir and finishing with zesty wet stone.
Cases Produced 210
Alcohol 12.5% Titrable acidity 6.0 g/L pH 3.43