Handley Cellars RSM Vineyard, Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2013 Red Wine

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Handley Cellars RSM Vineyard, Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2013 

Anderson Valley, CA

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Gold, 93 points Press Democrat

Gold, Best of Class Dan Berger Wine Competition

Handley Cellars is one of the top Pinot Noir producers in the Anderson Valley of Northern California. We are big fans of this winery! The RSM Pinot Noir is one of our favorites from Handley. An extremely food-friendly wine, it is rich and elegant with complex nuances including dark fruit, baker's chocolate, and a hint of redwood forest in the fog. Decant this wine, don't be in a hurry to drink it! This Pinot will enhance your culinary creations; in fact, we think it would be a sin to drink it without food! The RSM Pinot Noir is a very limited release wine; we are grateful to Handley for the opportunity to offer it to our customers!

Winemaker's Notes:

One of California’s coolest grape growing regions, the climate of Anderson Valley is ideal for Pinot Noir. We farm responsibly, using organic methods and avoiding chemicals whenever possible. We work to encourage healthy, living soils, which in turn support the grapevines and yield flavorful fruit that shows varietal character and regional attributes. Handley Cellars completed the CCOF Organic certification process for grape growing in 2005, because we believe that this helps minimize our impact on the environment and creates a healthy workplace for our employees.

The fruit for this wine comes from RSM vineyard located high above the valley floor.  This vineyard, sheltered from northern ocean breezes, is planted with a mix of Dijon clones 115 and 667 and Pommard clone.  The vines struggle in the thin nutrient poor soils resulting in limited yields of small clusters of small and variable berry size.  The high skin to juice ratio of the mountain fruit provides intense aromas of ripe black cherries, briary fruit, baking spices, and mushroom earthy notes.  It shows intense and persistent flavors of blueberry and huckleberry pie, root beer, soy and salty seaweed and has a velvety finish complimented by ripe chalky tannins. Gold 93 points Press Democrat, Gold Best of Class Dan Berger Wine Competition. 

Cases produced: 445

Alcohol 13.7%

TA 3.83, 5.3 g/L



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