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Handley Brut Rose 2006

Handley Brut Rose 2006

Sku: 1743883

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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 organic growers.

Tasting notes
Fresh and aromatic flavors of cassis, tea leaves, bergamot and citrus highlight the berry notes in this smooth and subtle rose. The creamy mousse enhances the rich mouthfeel and carries flavors of frais de bois and a hint of citrus on the long and pleasant finish.

Technical notes
88% Pinot Noir/12% Chardonnay). The Pinot Noir fruit was crushed and macerated on its skins for four hours to extract color after which it was transferred to stainless steel tanks to compete fermentation. The Chardonnay was whole-cluster pressed to tank and fermented in barrel with battonage and full malolactic. The wine remained on its lees for several months to add complexity and depth and the blend aged for 19 months in bottle before disgorgement.

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