2020 Maker Handley Pinot Gris
2020 Maker Pinot Gris by Handley Cellars

2020 Pinot Gris


Vegan Friendly

Winery: Handley Cellars
Maker: Randy Schock (winemaker), Lulu Handley (owner)
Region: Anderson Valley AVA, Mendocino County, CA
Vineyard: ⅓ Helluva Vineyard, ⅔ Romani Vineyard
Notes: White nectarine, guava, and lemongrass

The Nerdy Details

Price per can: $9
Aged: Stainless steel, 130 gallon Oak puncheons, and traditional Oak ovals
Residual Sugar (g/L): 0.2, very dry
ABV: 13%
pH: 3.37

100% Pinot Gris

The Maker

Founding winemaker Milla Handley was the first woman in the US to start a wine label with her own name. Now she’s passed the torch to her daughter Lulu, who runs the winery, and head winemaker Randy Schock, who is putting his spin on Handley’s gold medal wines from organically farmed grapes.

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The Wine

Pinot Gris — it’s the same grape as the Italian Pinot Grigio, but with a little French flair. Pinot Gris from the Alsace region of France tends to be fuller-bodied than its Italian counterpart; rich with a little bit of spice. Handley is known for minimal-intervention, food-friendly wines, and particularly for their California spin on Alsation white wines. Head winemaker Randy calls this wine, “Golden Sun Drops” — think peach and apple blossom aromas with notes of guava, stone fruit, and bright acidity.









The Can

  • 100% Recyclable
  • Doesn’t affect the taste
  • No light exposure or oxidation
  • No “corked” wines
1 can is equivalent to 1/3 bottle

The Label

The rolling hills on the can reflect the unique topography of Anderson Valley and the bright tropical flavors of this wine. Viva la matriarchy!

Pair With

Aged gouda, lemon chicken, or mac and cheese.

Winemaker Notes

Our Pinot Gris blend originates from two vineyards on opposite end of Anderson Valley picked nearly one month apart.  One-third of the blend comes from Helluva Vineyard near Boonville.  This warmer site was planted in 1998 on a converted apple trellis.  This contributes tropical fruit and herbal notes and crisp acidity.  The other two-thirds of the blend is from Romani vineyard located in the deep end of the valley behind the winery.  This portion provides more typical stone fruit and weight to the blend.  Aromas of peaches, apple blossoms, and tarragon.  Mouthwatering flavors of guava and lime zest interplay with white nectarine, peach pith, and lemongrass with waxiness and bright acid on the finish.

This wine was fermented in a mix of stainless steel, 130 gallon oak puncheons, and traditional oak ovals.  The stainless helps to preserve fruit flavors while the oak allows more lees contact and helps to soften and round out the structure of the wine.  Malolactic fermentation was avoided and sterile filtered before bottling to preserve freshness.   

“Mouthwatering flavors of guava and lime zest interplay with white nectarine, peach pith, and lemongrass with waxiness and bright acid on the finish.”

— Randy Schock, Head Winemaker, Handley Cellars
Handley Estate, view of the estate pinot noir
Handley Cellars in Anderson Valley, CA
Head Winemaker Randy Schock, with Founding Winemaker Milla Handley