2007 Handley Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1058857 Wine Enthusiast

 Not especially rich, but dry and crisp and elegantly structured, a fine Pinot Noir for steaks and chops. There's a minty, herbal edge to the cherry and sandalwood flavors. Drink now.  (3/2010)

Wine Spectator

 Floral, jasmine and wilted rose join medium-bodied plum and black cherry in this delicate effort, ending with a nice spice and earthy touch. Drink now through 2014. (Web-2010)

K&L Notes

By now we know that cool, foggy nights and warm, sun-filled days are necessary for ripening ever-fickle Pinot Noir, which is why there are few places in California more suited to the grape than the Anderson Valley. Milla Handley's 2007 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is a glassful of proof, boasting complex blue fruit aromatics tempered with softer, floral undertones. In the mouth the dark cherry acidity holds court mid-palate, held together with silky tannins for a long finish. The subtle nuances of this wine will only improve with age.

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/28/2012 | Send Email
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Wow! The answer to all non CA Pinot Noir believers! This wine is a great example of how California can produce elegant, high acid, balanced Pinot Noir. This wine exhibits light extraction, very bright fresh flavors of red berries and spice. Same savory sage and herbal notes with some sweet warm earth tones on back. Perfect for lighter game, even roasted or grilled Salmon. If you like less-ripe Oregon Pinot or Burgundy you should give this Anderson Valley offering from Handley a go, it might just impress you!
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Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/18/2012 | Send Email
The 2007 Handley Pinot sure is tasting good now. Ripe blackberry and sweet black cherry aromas in the nose lead to a palate with a plush core of fruit and elegant body that is well-balanced by fine acids. After a few years in bottle, subtle baking earth and baking spice elements are seamlessy integrating into the layers of fruit. This is an elegant, yet completely approachable and satisfying wine.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.