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Handley Cellars

Handley Cellars 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.

From San Francisco, take Hwy 101 North through Cloverdale to the Boonville - Mendocino exit, turning left at the stop sign, & continuing up the hill to Hwy 128. There, merge right onto Hwy 128 and follow approximately 30 miles, continuing past the little town of Philo.

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3151 Highway 128, Philo, CA, US, 95466 Email:
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  Brightlighter White, Mendocino County
This vintage of Brightlighter White offers a fresh bouquet of tangerine and almonds and pleasant citrus flavors with a mouthwatering finish. The ideal wine to serve with spicy foods from all over the world, or to enjoy as an aperitif.
  Chardonnay Estate, Anderson Valley
This Chardonnay is elegant and complex, with subtle floral and mineral aromas. It will never overwhelm the palate; its delicate texture is balanced by fresh pear and apple flavors. Silver Medals: New World International Wine Competition, Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, San Diego Wine Competition, Monterey Wine Competition.
  Chardonnay, Handley Vineyard Dry Creek Valley
The 2000 Dry Creek Chardonnay is redolent of aromas of tangerines and caramel. Fresh, clean apricot flavors predominate, balanced by a touch of cream. This Chardonnay has beautiful weight and length, with a subtle hint of oak throughout. We pair the Dry Creek Chardonnay with seafood, fruit salsas, and creamy sauces.
  Chardonnay, Handley Vineyard Dry Creek Valley
With aromas of pears, pineapples, and orange blossoms, this Chardonnay is silky on the palate with forward flavors of tangerines and cream. Subtle oak and spice add depth and complexity. The flavors of the Dry Creek Valley Chardonnay complement foods but will not overwhelm them. Try it with green papaya salad or with a mild Thai seafood soup.
  Gewürztraminer, Anderson Valley
Delicately perfumed with rose, orange blossoms, and sun-warmed melon, this wine fills the mouth with flavors of citrus and spice. The 2004 Anderson Valley Gewürztraminer is very versatile at the modern American table, with its many influences from all over the world. A natural with mildly spicy grilled Thai curries and sauces.
  Late Harvest Riesling, Anderson Valley
Intense floral and apricot characteristics on the nose, which are followed by elegantly sweet and honeyed fruit flavors of peach, guava, and pineapple. Silky and delicious with a mouthwatering finish, this wine is the perfect after-dinner choice with a basic tart of fresh ripe seasonal fruit or a simple cheese and fruit plate. Residual sugar: 10.7g/100ml
  Pinot Gris, Anderson Valley
The Anderson Valley Pinot Gris begins with a bouquet of honeysuckle and lemon blossoms. Its silky texture is a lovely counterpoint to subtle tangerine acidity and pleasant green apple flavors. This lively Pinot Gris is a wonderful balance to the deep flavors of roast vegetables and rich chowders.
  Pinot Noir Estate Reserve, Anderson Valley
Experience this wine slowly. Savor heavenly cherry and chocolate aromas anchored by slight earthiness. Feel it caress the palate with flavors of wild blackberries, lavender, and cinnamon.
  Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley
Fresh black cherry and strawberry on the nose, with accents of cedar and spice. Flavors of cherry and blackberry fill the palate. Serve the 2002 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir with roast chicken or grilled lamb loin chops; their robust flavors are nicely balanced by the combination of fruit and spice that characterize this wine.
  Pinot Noir, Mendocino County
Upon opening this beautiful Pinot Noir, you will notice subtle violet perfume with an accent of cinnamon. It is spicy in the mouth as well, with a long finish. Handley's Mendocino Pinot Noir can be served with fowl dishes that feature Asian spices, such as Five Spice Roast Duck.
  Pinot Rosé, Anderson Valley
A wine lush with the essence of strawberries and raspberries, in the nose and on the palate. Rich fruit flavors are balanced by bright acidity, due in part to the sparkling wine taille (juice from the sparkling wine press). A wonderful wine to serve with spicy foods from the world over: Indian curries, Thai noodle dishes, and good old-fashioned American barbecued ribs.
  Ranch House Red
This year’s Ranch House Red is a tasty blend of Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Syrah from many of our favorite vineyards. Complex and intriguing with aromas of cinnamon, currants, and chocolate, it is a cherry explosion in the mouth.
  Riesling, Cole Ranch
The Cole Ranch Riesling is exotic from the beginning: pears and faint narcissus aromas are followed by rich tangerine flavors. Silver Medal: Los Angeles County Fair.
  Sauvignon Blanc, Anderson Valley
Fresh scent of apricots and tangerines, with a pleasant mineral accent. Forward flavors of tangerine and lemongrass with a mouthwatering finish. This versatile Sauvignon Blanc complements focaccia topped with herbs and tomatoes, as well as white-fleshed fish of all varieties.
  Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley
The crisp fruit flavors and aromas of this Sauvignon Blanc are a result of careful winemaking. Part of the blend was fermented and aged five months in French oak (10% new); the remaining portion was fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks. Barrel fermentation delivers a round texture to the wine, and tank fermentation emphasizes its fruit and mineral qualities. Subtly complex, Handley's Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc offers rich aromas of melon and mango, accented with grapefruit, lime, and a hint of jasmine. Clean flavors of gooseberry and citrus on the palate make it a food-pairing champion.
  Syrah, Mendocino County
Our 2002 Syrah offers aromas of chocolate and Damson plum, with an accent of toasted nuts. Intense flavors of blackberry are combined with hints of pepper, licorice, and chocolate. The rich lingering flavors of this wine will complement a simple roast chicken, as well as more complex slow-cooked dishes featuring beef, tomatoes, and onions.
  Viognier, Dry Creek Vineyard
What a treat. This Viognier starts with enticing aromas of pear, mango, and honeysuckle. The flavors mirror the bouquet, finishing with a hint of apricot. This wine’s forward fruit and pleasant acidity marry to make it a fine accompaniment to savory foods with fruit-based glazes or sauces. Delicious with grilled chicken and mango salsa. Try it as an aperitif with crackers, peach chutney, and a creamy cheese
  Water Tower White
This year’s Water Tower White is an intriguing blend of Viognier, Pinot Gris, and Gewürztraminer, a wine that offers fragrant notes of apple blossom and sun-ripened peaches. Flavors of tangerine and mango, combined with a creamy texture and good acidity on the finish make it a wine you’ll want to buy by the case.
  Zinfandel, Anderson Valley, Brokenleg Vineyard
This wine offers an intriguing bouquet, marrying raspberries, blackberries, ripe plums and chocolate, edged with a pleasant lace of tobacco and earth. It is rich and full in the mouth; spice, pepper, and velvety dark chocolate flavors. Zinfandel pairs with a great variety of hearty food, from grilled rib-eye steak to roasted tomato bruschetta, or serve with a course of strong flavored cheeses.
  Zinfandel, Mendocino Ridge, Gianoli Ranch
The Gianoli Ranch Zinfandel starts with deep blueberry pie aromas and a whiff of cocoa. Flavors of chocolate and plums are tinged with vanilla and spice. This wine’s forward fruit and full texture make it an excellent accompaniment to mild red curries
  Zinfandel, Redwood Valley
The fruit for this wine came from three different Redwood Valley vineyards. Redwood Valley is an inland appellation where summers are hot and dry: the perfect climate for Zinfandel. The grapes came from head-pruned vines, which produce fruit of exceptional quality and flavor. This well-structured Zinfandel has a complex nose, with mild overtones of chocolate, vanilla, and raspberry, followed by cocoa and cherry on the palate. Lovely silky texture. Silver: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Dallas Morning News Wine Competition, Sonoma Marin County Fair.


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