Sunday, June 17, 2018

Handley Cellars/MORE BIG Reds/From Over the Mountain/Randy Schock

We have enjoyed many great wines with Randy Schock lately,but today we have three of my favorites. These are wines that are not sourced from the Anderson Valley.we will get the full story as we spend yet another great day at Handley Cellars. Let's check out the tasting notes and a little history on Handley Cellars before we join Randy at the winery.First we will learn a bit about Handley Cellars. Handley Cellars is a small family-owned winery in California’s Mendocino County. Bonded in 1982, we produce around 12,000 cases of wine a year. Our quality starts with our Estate Vineyards in Anderson Valley. We are located at the northwest end of the Anderson Valley on 59 acres of the original Holmes Ranch. Still standing on the property are the now-refurbished ranch house, barn, and the original water tower. At Handley Cellars, we offer a wide variety of wines that complement today’s diverse cuisines. Founding Winemaker Milla Handley sought to make balanced wines that possess distinctive varietal characteristics, wines that reflect the soil and climate in which they were grown. Handley’s beautiful tasting room is located 6 miles northwest of Philo, California, on Highway 128. We offer tours by appointment, and our garden courtyard is open for picnics. Stop by to try our selections and, while visiting, enjoy our unique display of folk art collected from around the world. We aim to produce fruit-driven red wines with balanced ripeness and acidity, moderate alcohol levels, and minimal oak influence. The Anderson Valley is an ideal growing region for Pinot Noir. We also bottle Syrah and Zinfandel sourced from warmer inland vineyards within Mendocino County, as well as other bold reds and proprietary red blends. The Zinfandel is warming like the golden rays of light of an Indian Summer. Aromas of caramel and anise meld with brambly red fruit in this wine. From Kazmet Ranch, these mature head pruned vines are dry farmed providing concentrated brambly berry, red raspberry, and cassis flavors with hints of spice. Aged for 18 months in 20 percent new oak barrels. It is full bodied and round on the finish. Our Zinfandel BBQ sauce on slow-cooked Pork Ribs is one of our favorite pairings. A glass of this Primotivo is fulfilling like gazing down upon rolling hills from a hill top Tuscan Villa. The grapes for this powerful wine come from Vittorio Vineyard. These older head pruned vines are dry farmed resulting in intense briary fruit with earthy undertones. It features clove and chestnut with aromas of fresh baked blackberry pie. Mouth filling flavors of ripe red plums and wild blackberries coat the palate. Aged for 18 months in 20 percent new oak. It is smooth and persistent on the finish. The Handley kitchen prepared a lovely Portabello Mushroom Stroganoff whose earthy flavors played beautifully with this wine. we will also open the new release of Handley Cellars Syrah.A big bold wine that has a great finish that will convince you that you WILL need another glass of this world class wine. Please click on the link below and join us for a tasting with wine maker Randy Schock!Cheers! Click here and join us as we enjoy the wines of Handley Cellars .

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Anderson Valley Pinot Noirs From Handley Cellars/The Pinot Noir Festival/New Releases

Spring has mover quickly into summer and we have some amazing new features with Randy Schock and Handley Cellars! That's Schock with 2 T's.....Today we will introduce you to 4 new releases from the greatest winery in Anderson Valley,and maybe also open the rose of Pinot Noir!Tasting notes and a look at the winemaker's past,present and future,will soon follow! First four new Pinot Noirs. The Handley Cellars label reflects Milla’s love and respect for nature. Her parents were collectors of tribal art, and she was raised in a household surrounded by objects reflecting the beauty of the natural world. When working on the design for the Handley Cellars label, she was inspired by the ancient tribal textiles of the African Kuba tribes. The tasting room décor, too, reflects her love of tribal art. Milla’s commitment to responsible and organic farming began long before it was popular, and led her to obtain organic certification for the Handley Estate Vineyard in 2005. Every case the winery produces is crafted from grapes grown in the Handley family vineyards in Anderson Valley, or by trusted growers in Mendocino County appellations such as Anderson Valley, Mendocino Ridge, Potter Valley, and Redwood Valley. In 2013 Randy Schock was promoted to Co-Winemaker where he thrives on making balanced wines that showcase the local terroir. He is dedicated to his work and appreciates that his career is closely tied to agriculture and the natural cycles of the seasons. Pleasing Handley customers is one of Randy’s greatest motivations. The grapes for 2015 Anderson valley Pinot Noir originate from three very different vineyards bringing a cornucopia of fruit flavors. Following two years of successive drought, the 2015 vintage was another very early vintage here in Anderson Valley. We were concerned that sugars would rise before full fruit maturation. Luckily, with little water available, the vines responded with extremely concentrated fruit flavors. Still young and somewhat shy when first opened, given a little aeration this wine shows aromas of berry patch mingled with creaminess and toasty spice notes. Helluva Vineyard provides the candied red cherry and cinnamon Red Hot flavors. Our deep end winery estate vineyard contributes raspberry and boysenberry flavors and bright acidity. And our hilltop RSM vineyard adds blueberry, redwood forest notes, and root beer. This elegant and polished wine is full on the palate with smooth milk chocolate tannins and hints of cedar with fresh acidity focusing the fruit and encouraging another sip. Serve with game hens and mushroom gravy or veal saltimbocca .Our second wine is the 2015 Estate Pinot Noir. The fruit for this wine originates from our Winery Estate Vineyard located on the valley floor in the deep end or cooler part of Anderson Valley. Our Winery Estate Vineyard has been CCOF Organic Certified beginning in 2005. The 2015 Vintage was the warmest and earliest to date. Fortunately, temperatures moderated somewhat at harvest time allowing us to pick at optimal ripeness. We selected our favorite barrels from block 1A planted with Martini clone in 1986, and block 7 grafted in 2010 to Dijon clone 777. The dense dark fruit and acidity of the Martini is balanced by the supple red fruit of the Dijon 777. This wine features essences of violets, reduced black cherry sauce, caramel, and cinnamon. It has flavors of dark black cherry, ripe red plums, and cinnamon. This Estate Pinot Noir is round and full on the palate with velvety tannins. The bright acidity focuses the fruit punctuating the long and complex finish. The wine was aged for 10 months in all French Oak barrels (33% new) before being sterile filtered for bottling. We now move on to the Helluva vineyard Pinot Noir. The grapes for this wine, Pommard and Rochioli clones, were sourced from the warmer end of the Anderson Valley near Boonville. Effusing from the glass are aromas of candied red cherries and cream with notes of cinnamon and clove. The elegant bright red fruit notes are deceiving as this wine soon moves towards the dark side. Due to its location and the warm and early vintage the wine is concentrated with a brambly-berry fruit character of Himalayan black berries, black cherries covered in dark chocolate, and hints of dusky oak woodland, coyote bush, and chemise. It is round and in the mouth with supple tannins punctuated on the finish with fresh acidity reminiscent of cherry coke. Aged in French oak barrels, 33% new oak, for 10 months and filtered before bottling. We do have ONE more beautiful new release for you.and this is the 2015 RMS Pinot Noir From Handley Cellars.This is an amazing wine! The RSM mountain vineyard was finally producing like a mature established vineyard but two successive years drought and limited water availability created very challenging conditions for the 2015 vintage. Yields were down by about one third but the fruit we got was ultra-ripe and concentrated. Aromas of warm dark fruit huckleberries, blackberries, and yeasty pie crust are prominent with lesser notes of cedar, redwood forest floor, and mushroom broth swirling on the senses. Bold flavors of black cherries, blueberries, and root beer dominate with lesser notes of green tea and soy. The fruit is dense and mouth filling with a long and persistent finish of chalky coffee bean tannins, delicate acidity, and a penetrating saline minerality like an ocean breeze. Aged in French oak barrels, 33% new oak, for 10 months and filtered before bottling. We alos have opened the rose of Pinot Noir..... We picked the grapes at the break of sunrise and they arrived at the winery firm and cold. We gently destemmed and crushed the grapes allowing skin contact time in the press. After four hours of skin contact, we carefully pressed the grapes avoiding any further maceration or tearing of the skins limiting the solids generated. The juice was allowed to settle in tank for two days before racking to a stainless steel tank to begin fermentation. The juice was inoculated with Rhone 4056 and VL3 yeasts selected to enhance expression of esters and thiols in the fruit. Post fermentation, approximately 20% of the fermented wine was combined in neutral oak barrels with yeast lees left over from fermentation. This portion, stirred and aged, on the lees adds texture and roundness to the blend. Malolactic fermentation was avoided and the wine was sterile filtered for stability prior to bottling. No animal derived fining compounds were used in the production of this wine. In the Glass This is our lightest color, lowest amount of residual sugar, and lowest alcohol rose' yet. This refreshing wine expresses a purity of fruit accented by crisp acidity. Bottled fresh with a little effervescence, it exudes essences of freesias, cucumbers, and fresh strawberries. It is round and full on the mid palate revealing flavors of watermelon, strawberries, and créme fraiche, and finishing with a crisp twist of lime. This dry wine is both mouth-filling and -watering at the same time. On the table Perfect for sharing with friends on a warm evening on the patio. This quaffable wine goes well with a Greek cucumber and feta salad with balsamic vinegar or grilled prawns brushed with herb compound butter. Ok take your pick and click on the bottom link.Cheers! Click here and join us as we enjoy the New releases of Handley Cellars .

Friday, June 15, 2018

Handley Cellars White Wines/Summertime Wines/Randy Schock

The weather is perfect and the afternoon begs for a glass of crisp white wine to go with that lunch on the patio.We have 2 perfect wines for any summer time dish.We will talk with Randy shock about two great white wines from Handley Cellars.First let's check out the website and learn more about these great whites! RANDY SCHOCK is a winemaker's winemaker.Well respected by others in the industry and full of passion for each of the wines he makes for this fabled winery from Anderson valley. Randy has lived in Anderson Valley since 1998 with his wife Gina and their three sons, Paul, Owen, and Finn. His winemaking career began as assistant winemaker at Fieldstone in Alexander Valley. Before long, the opportunities and rural beauty of Anderson Valley led him to a harvest-time job with Navarro Vineyards and as winemaker at Philo Ridge Winery during its startup years. In 2004 Randy jumped at the opportunity to join Handley as our Cellar Master. In 2013 Randy was promoted to Co-Winemaker where he thrives on making balanced wines that showcase the local terroir. He is dedicated to his work and appreciates that his career is closely tied to agriculture and the natural cycles of the seasons. Pleasing Handley customers is one of Randy’s greatest motivations. At Handley Cellars, we firmly believe in a conscious and conscientious approach to farming and winemaking. We purchase grapes from small, local, family growers, and whenever possible, we select fruit that is farmed organically. Our winemaking philosophy is to let the distinctive qualities of each vineyard shine through. Working with carefully tended, exceptional sites, we strive to create wines which faithfully reflect the unique characteristics of the vineyards and viticultural region, focusing on our appellation of Anderson Valley. We select vineyards that fully ripen at lower brix, resulting in wines with low to moderate alcohol levels. Beginning with the 2012 vintage, our white wines are free of animal products. From start to finish, we are mindful of our impact on our rural valley, and the implications of our farming and wine making choices for future generations. Our first wine is the Pinot Gris,and this wine will become a favorite with your first sip of this wine.paired with many dishes this wine is ALWAYS a superstar. The fleshiest of all the aromatic whites, this Pinot Blanc from the Schrader Vineyard in Ukiah immediately draws you in with its sunny nature and aromas of spring flowers, apricot blossoms and musk melon, its signature fragrance. The aromatics are boosted with 10% Greenwood Ridge Riesling, which adds a decidedly floral note. Made like all Handley wines without fining agents that contain known allergens, like dairy and eggs, this wine's creamy texture is purely from skin contact and yeast additions. Blessed with juicy peach and pineapple flavors, along with the creaminess of Macadamia nuts, this Pinot Blanc shows good stature and structure, all the way through its incredibly long finish, which leaves you with a pleasant lingering smack of Bartlett pear. Let's stop right here and sit down on the porch and enjoy a glass of wine from Handley Cellars,and click on the link below and learn more about these beautiful wines.Cheers! Click here and join us as we enjoy the white wines of Handley Cellars .

Handley Cellars/Sparkling Wines/Anderson Valley/Wine Master Randy Schock

It's hard to not get very excited every time I turn into Handley Cellars and stay for a couple days.I recently got to travel into the Anderson Valley for the Pinot Noir Festival.My features with Randy Shock have become some of the best I produce.This feature was just a matter of introducing Randy Shock and listening to this winemaker speak of his passion for this wine program and Handley Cellars.Straight from the heart!we have two sparkling wines to tell you about and please consider adding these wines to your cellar,because they are world class.We will tell you a little bit about Handley Cellars and check out the tasting notes,and then pour you a glass of BUBBLES from Handley Cellars. Handley Cellars is a small family-owned winery in California’s Mendocino County. Bonded in 1982, we produce around 12,000 cases of wine a year. Our quality starts with our Estate Vineyards in Anderson Valley. We are located at the northwest end of the Anderson Valley on 59 acres of the original Holmes Ranch. Still standing on the property are the now-refurbished ranch house, barn, and the original water tower. At Handley Cellars, we offer a wide variety of wines that complement today’s diverse cuisines. Founding Winemaker Milla Handley sought to make balanced wines that possess distinctive varietal characteristics, wines that reflect the soil and climate in which they were grown. Handley’s beautiful tasting room is located 6 miles northwest of Philo, California, on Highway 128. We offer tours by appointment, and our garden courtyard is open for picnics. Stop by to try our selections and, while visiting, enjoy our unique display of folk art collected from around the world. 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. We’ve taken additional steps to support environmental conservation at Handley, which include running the winery on 75 percent solar powered electricity, installing an EV charging station onsite for our guests, and using non-toxic products in all possible aspects of running the winery. Before your next visit to our winery, please call ahead and request a tour of the Estate Vineyard. We have 2 sparkling wines open and I think it's time for some BUBBLES! The sparkling wine contains grapes sourced from our CCOF certified organic estate vineyard. It is comprised of 100% Chardonnay selected from our block 3B planted in 1987 with cuttings selected from Ordway Valley Foothills Vineyard. These were some of the first vines planted in Anderson Valley and some of the first vines planted on the Handley Estate property. Anderson Valley was a relatively unknown wine region at the time so Milla Handley sought out plant material that was already proven to succeed here. These older vines have leaf roll virus and are planted in a cold spot on the valley floor exposed to afternoon winds. These combined factors delay sugar accumulation and maintain acidity while developing ripe fruit characters making them ideal for making sparkling wine. The 2015 BLANC DE BLANCS ESTATE VINEYARD ANDERSON VALLEY is a very special sparkling wine and one of the best to be produced from Anderson Valley. We also will pour you a glass of the 2016 Estate Brut Rose Sparkling Wine!this wine was just released and takes this program to yet another level of perfection!Congrats to Handley Cellars and to their very talented winemaker Mr. Randy Shock!Please click on the link and listen to this great feature with Randy,and make sure you order or pickup some of these baeutiful wines from Handley Cellars! Click here and join us as we enjoy the wines of Handley Cellars .

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Foursight Wines/Kristy Charles/ New Releases/Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival

Each year Anderson valley opens up the entire valley and celebrates the Pinot Noir Festival.All the wineries open their new releases and it's a perfect time to visit this fabled grape growing region.kristy Charles and Foursight Wines in right in the middle of that event,and we have a great new feature with her!We will open her Pinot Noirs and talk about this very special event.first we will tell you of her winery and look at the tasting notes for her four Pinot Noirs. Anderson Valley is a Region 1 growing area - the coolest where grapes can be commercially grown. Located approximately 115 miles north of San Francisco and 10-15 miles from the ocean, days in Anderson Valley are warm and sunny while nights and mornings are often cool and foggy. This allows wine grapes to mature slowly and develop full varietal character. Winter lows can be in the 20's or 30's while summer highs can reach into the 80's to 100's. The valley floor is 16 miles long and ranges from less than 1/2 mile to about 1-1/2 miles wide. It is surrounded on three sides by rolling hills and low mountains (2,000 to 3,000 feet in elevation) and opens to the Pacific Ocean via the Navarro River canyon.We will start with the 2015 ZERO NEW OAK PINOT NOIR . The "Zero New Oak" bottling is our most traditional wine in its use of all older French oak barrels. Yet, for the California wine market, it's a bit anti-establishment to produce a Pinot Noir that focuses only on the purity of our estate-grown fruit, without any oak to mask the expression of our site. This wine was grown and crafted by our family, on our five-generation estate. It was fermented with wild yeast and wild ML with 20% whole clusters, then bottled unfined and unfiltered. Full of beautiful cherry/berry fruit, this is an elegant wine that pairs with almost any cuisine. Next we will open the 2015 CHARLES VINEYARD PINOT NOIR . This wine is their flagship bottling, features the gorgeous, red fruit from our estate vineyard with a little toasty oak. A combination of all four blocks of Pinot Noir that we grow, it's approachable now, but also stunning with time in the cellar. The 2016 Clone 05 is classicly Anderson Valley -- elegant, yet with that pleasurable fruit we expect from Pommard Clone of Pinot Noir. Grown on our estate vineyard, the Charles Vineyard, and selected from just one block, this wine is fermented with wild yeast and wild ML, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. This vintage clocks in at 13.9% alcohol, and will be one of our top picks to lay down for the cellar. we will now open the 2016 PARABOLL PINOT NOIR . This luscious yet balanced wine is a stand-out from the 2016 vintage. Ripened longer on the vine than our other releases, it's aged in a portion of heavy toast French oak. Great for a stand-alone glass of wine after a long day at the office, or for pairing with more robust dishes. The 2016 vintage was the end of the California drought, and brought balance back to our vineyard. We look forward to all the releases from this growing season. It's a very hot day here and we will now step inside the tasting room and enjoy our new feature on these beautiful Pinot Noirs from Foursight wines.Cheers! Click here and join us in the town of Boonville at Foursight wines .

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Foursight Wines/Anderson Valley white wines/Kristy Charles

when traveling into the great Anderson valley,my first stop is always Foursight Wines.Located in the town of Boonville,and really the gateway to this beautiful grape growing region.Today we will be talking about two white wines from Foursight wines. first we will take a look at the history of this winery and then the tasting notes on these incredible wines. CHARLES VINEYARD VINEYARD LOCATION: Anderson Valley Mendocino County, California Established in 2001 by William and Nancy Charles, Charles Vineyard is located just southeast of the town of Boonville and is planted primarily to Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. In our location we can experience daily temperature swings of up to 55 degrees Fahrenheit (sometimes more), which adds to the rich flavors and strong acid profile of our grapes. Winters can be very wet, as the annual rainfall in Boonville averages 41.6 inches. Fortunately, our vineyard sits on an ancient river bend, which means our well-drained soils are suited to this annual moisture level. The modern-day version of this ancient river, called Anderson Creek, now borders our property on the east, separating us from the eastern foothills of the valley. All vineyard work is done by our family, with help during pruning and harvest. On any given day you can find us in the vineyard, performing one of many tasks that keep our vineyard healthy and producing the best quality fruit possible. We practice what we like to call vine-by-vine viticulture: Spending so much time in the vineyard enables us to know the vines' particular needs and tend them accordingly, from adjusting compost levels to changing pruning techniques. We live on our land, and so farm our vineyard sustainably and responsibly, to ensure that the vineyard, and our family, is healthy and happy for years to come. The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc balances beautiful stonefruit in the bouquet with that crisp, refreshing quality that we love for food pairing or simply enjoying on a sunny day. We harvested estate-grown fruit in the cool of the morning, then pressed it in our traditional, wooden basket press. This wine was fermented with wild yeast and wild ML strains, and aged in a combination of stainless steel and older French oak barrels. The 2016 vintage offered a nice, even growing season and the Sauvignon Blanc thrived -- a relief after several low-yielding vintages that left us consistently sold out of this release. We will now open the crisp SB from Foursight wines.Perhaps we could pour you a glass also. I'm thinking we should also pour you a glass of one of my new favorite wines. The Semillon from Foursight wines! Semillon is rare in Anderson Valley, and unique to see bottled by its own in California. When crafted with care, it produces a delicious and medium-bodied, dry white wine. Our estate-grown Semillon is fermented with wild yeast and wild ML strains, pressed gently in a traditional, wooden basket press, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. It showcases citrus, a touch of toast (from judicious use of new French oak barrels), and refreshing acidity -- a treat in the glass, and something fun and different to pour for friends. Foursight Wines was founded in 2006 by Kristy Charles, Joe Webb and Bill & Nancy Charles. The goal at Foursight wines is to produce 100% estate wines in the French monopole model, with our grapes sourced only from our own Charles Vineyard. Our wines are produced using traditional, old-world techniques, including 100% wild yeast fermentation and wild malolactic fermentation. Our Pinot Noirs employ partial whole cluster fermentation and are never fined or filtered. Every grape and bottle of wine produced in our vineyard or small winery has been shepherded through the process by a member of the family, making the final product we sell direct to our wine club or through or Web site or tasting room all that much more special. Let's join Kristy Charles and learn more about these great wines from the Anderson valley!Cheers! Click here and join us in the town of Boonville at Foursight wines .

Monday, June 11, 2018

Husch Vineyards/Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival/Zac Robinson

I recently visited Husch Vineyards and really enjoyed talking with Zac Robinson for the first time.I also was able to enjoy an extra night during the Anderson valley Pinot Noir festival.Zac and I opened a number of wines from Husch Vineyards,and today we are featuring 2 of Anderson Valley's best Pinot Noirs! We will take a look at a bit of the history of the winery and then checkout the tasting notes on these very special wines. Founded in 1971, Husch is the oldest winery in the picturesque Anderson Valley. The vineyards are comprised of some of the earliest varietal plantings on the valley floor. In 1967 Tony and Gretchen Husch bought the 60-acre Nunn ranch between Philo and Navarro on Highway 128. The land was well known for growing apples and grains. They soon planted eight acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Gewurztraminer grapes on the cool slopes of the property. The plantings sweep down towards the pristine Navarro River. The first official crush was in the fall of 1971. In 1979, Hugo Oswald Jr. bought the 6,000 case Husch Winery from the Husch family. The Oswald family had been growing pears in the Santa Clara Valley, but when the area was expanding they sold the land and headed for the southern tip of Mendocino County. Today Husch Vineyards remains owned and operated by the 3rd Generation of the Oswald family: Zac Robinson and Amanda Robinson Holstine. Winemaking is under the direction of Brad Holstine (Amanda's husband). Al White, in charge of all viticulture operations, has been with Husch since 1974. Through the years Husch has modernized and expanded, but it has never lost its initial rustic charm or reputation for great wines. We first will open the 2014 'Knoll' Pinot Noir. Husch Vineyards planted the first Pinot Noir vines in the Anderson Valley back in 1971 on a special piece of land that we call “The Knoll.” These old vines thrive in an outcropping of sandstone and shale, possessing good drainage. Overlooking the Navarro River, the vines in the Knoll benefit from the cool night air and frequent morning fog. With this combination of great soils and great weather the Knoll consistently produces the highest quality Pinot Noir. Winemaking In 2014 we endured our last year of drought resulting in a modest crop of small berries and reduced yield. We picked the grapes by hand and sorted out any defective clusters. Then we put the fruit into small, open-top fermentation bins, with about 70% of the fruit crushed and the remaining 30% preserved in “whole cluster” form. Primary fermentation lasted 10 days, shortly thereafter the grapes were pressed to French oak barrels, 50% new, where the wine underwent malolactic fermentation and maturated for 10 months with minimal handling. Tasting notes To fully understand the complexity of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, you must try our 2014 release from the Knoll vineyard. Captivating aromas of summer cherry, strawberry, blood orange, lilac, clove, and humidor make this wine a joy to smell. Flavors that mimic the aromas are supported by perfectly integrated tannins and balanced acidity. Delightful on its own, but designed for food, this wine will pair nicely with pan seared duck breast, smoked salmon, mushroom tortellini, and creamy cheeses. Approachable in its youth and graceful with age. We also have opened the 2015 'Reserve' Pinot Noir . A "reserve" wine must achieve the highest standards to warrant the extra care and attention that is necessary in the winery. At Husch we build our reserve wines from the best lots that a vintage has to offer. Once selected, each lot is given special handling and extended aging in our favorite French oak barrels. The result, as the 2015 vintage demonstrates, is well worth the extra effort and time. Winemaking In 2015 the warm winter and persistent drought conditions yielded a very early harvest with a light crop but extraordinary character in the tiny berries. The grapes selected for this wine were hand-picked and fermented in small open top fermenters. 10% of the fruit was dedicated to a "whole cluster fermentation" - where the berries are left intact for the fermentation process - to add complexity and nuance to the finished wine. Our reserve Pinot Noir is a cuvée from four of our best vineyard blocks and was aged in French oak for 10 months with minimal handling. Tasting Notes Our 2015 reserve showcases what makes Anderson Valley so special for growing Pinot Noir. Concentrated aromas of cherry, strawberry, a hint of violet, and undertone of forest floor marry well with spice notes of cedar, vanilla, and clove. A rich and silky body give the wine substance and grace on the palate. Lovely when paired with pork belly, cream of mushroom soup, roast chicken, or smoked salmon. We have poured you a glass of each of these beautiful wines and now invite you to join us as we enjoy our audio feature from Zac Robinson and Husch Vineyards!Click on the lick at the bottom and let's listen to this great feature from Anderson valley!Cheers! Click here and join us at Husch Vineyards .