Friday, May 12, 2017

Handley Cellars/Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival/May18th thru May 21st 2017/New Releases

I recently stayed at Handley Cellars Suites,and visited with winemaker Randy Shock.Staying over night at the suites was amazing!We opened all the new releases from Handley Cellars,and talked about the up coming Pinot Noir Festival coming up May 18th thru the 21st of May.There are still tickets left,although not many.We have a great new feature with Randy shock,but first let's check out the website and the tasting notes for these beautiful Pinot Noirs from Handley Cellars! The 2014 harvest was even earlier than the early 2013 vintage. Warm and dry conditions during winter and spring forced early bud break and bloom. We had drained and repaired our pond at the end of 2013, and had little rainfall that winter. We did not have water in reserve for frost protection and little was available for irrigation. Luckily, we avoided frost damage in our Estate Vineyard and no rains fell during bloom. Summer temperatures were moderate. As a result our yields were also moderate, but the grapes were intensely concentrated. This blend was largely sourced from the Handley Estate Vineyard, located at the cooler end of Anderson Valley, closest to the Pacific and subject to coastal influence. Our vineyard is usually one of the last in the valley to be picked. The fruit our old vines produce is nicely perfumed, especially in warmer vintages, and still maintains good acidity which provides structure to the wine. The grapes from our Estate Vineyard were combined with fruit from Ferrington and Helluva vineyards. These two sites are located in the warmer end of Anderson Valley and contribute fleshy red fruit flavors and soft texture. We also added grapes from our mountaintop RSM vineyard because of their dense dark fruit character and complexity. Our 2014 Anderson Valley blend has aromas of freshly baked Bing cherry pie, dried rose petal, and baking spices. With the concentrated ripe fruit flavors indicative of this warm vintage, it’s juicy and full on the palate with black cherry, raspberry, and sour plum, with hints of violets and nutmeg. The finish is long and lingering punctuated by bright acidity. We have 5 different Pinot Noirs being released,let's take a look a one more. The 2014 vintage was amazing,and This wine is composed of Pommard clone from Helluva Vineyard located at warmer end of the valley near Boonville. It has aromas of cherry cough drops, herbal horehound, and pie crust, with bright red fruit flavors of candied ripe red cherries and a long plush finish. GOLD: DanBerger Wine Competition. Cases produced: 210.We will follow up with more on these wines after Pinot Festival,and their releases.For now let's pour a glass of one of these beautiful wines and listen as Randy Shock shares more on the up coming Pinot Noir Festival,and the release of these great wines from Handley Cellars!Cheers! Click here and join us as we enjoy great wines and stories from Anderson Valley.

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