Ultimate Beverage Challenge 89 points - A fragrant, luscious wine boasting notes of rose petal, pears and melon, with just a touch of citrus peel. Rich and ripe, with a razor-sharp acidity. (May 2012)
Founded in 1982 by winemaker Milla Handley, Handley Cellars is located in the Anderson Valley
appellation of Mendocino County, California. Milla Handley and co-winemaker Kristen Barnhisel believe
in a winemaking regime that emphasizes terroir, vintage and natural varietal expression. Percentage of
whole berries, choice of fermentation yeasts, punch-down regime, length of fermentation time and choice
of barrels are all adjusted to fit the fruit. “We use a number of techniques to promote appropriate acidity,
minerality and aromatic qualities,” says Milla. She and Kristen are fermentation specialists and will use
as many as 20 different cultured or natural yeasts per harvest. Milla and Kristen use sustainable farming
methods and prefer to work with winemakers who share their perspective. Fruit is sourced from the
Handley’s own 30 acre CCOF certified organic Estate Vineyard or purchased from sustainable and/or
|Handley Cellars is a small (about 14,000 cases per year) family-owned winery in California's Mendocino County, bonded in 1982. 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 cuisine with its worldwide influences. Handley's winemaker Milla Handley seeks to make balanced wines that possess distinctive varietal characteristics, wines that reflect the soil and climate in which they were grown.