Wine Wednesday: Obama Finally Fights Back, Drinking Handley Cellars Wines

President Obama is back it seems and I for one, I am enjoying a drink while I watch the debate. I thought I would drink a New York wine but it seems that I ran out of it. So it’s wines from California for which I have a serious predilection. I am trying a couple from Handley Cellars.

I have two wines, a 2009 Pinot Noir from Mendocino Valley and the 2009 RSM Vineyard Pinot Noir Anderson Valley. I found the former quite elegant and nuanced while the latter has more grip, earth and smoke flavors. The RSM Pinot Noir would be perfect for a roast although I am just eating pork with rosemary.

The wine were made from grapes grown on a vineyard that was planted in 1999 and 2001, at 800 and 1000 feet above sea level on gravelly soil. Some whole cluster bunches go into making this wine. In terms the aging regime, the winery uses 100% barrel aged, some 37% is new French oak. The wine ages for 10 months.

The 2009 Pinot Noir Mendocino Valley wine differentiates itself by the kinds of yeasts that are used for fermentation. Some six different yeasts were used. This created a variety of aromas and flavors. It also is not fermented 100% dry but some residual sugar is left in the wine. Both wines were great examples of Pinot Noir from this part of California and great wines to drink while watching the debate.

According to the website, 2009 was a great vintage with optimum temperatures during the growing season followed by a warm spell at the beginning of September helped to fully ripen the grapes.


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