2009 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley
2009 was a great vintage. The fruit for this Anderson Valley Pinot Noir came from various vineyards, some in the cooler, more coastal part of the valley and some from the warmer Boonville end. The range of clones and the mix of vineyards give a nice complexity to this wine. The aromas are reminiscent of ripe cherry, black cherry, orange peel, carob, Chinese five spice, and a fine layer of minerality. It is complemented on the palate with red plum, black cherry, cocoa, baking spices, a silky mid-palate texture and a very long finish. This wine is an excellent accompaniment to cheeses such as goat or triple crème, as well as meat dishes such as lamb, duck, or salmon.
Double-gold – New World Wine Competition
Double-gold – San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
The Wine Curmudgeon: Handley Cellars Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2009, "One of the best pinots I've ever tasted..."