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Handley Cellars Pinot Noir
2019 Pinot Noir by Handley Cellars

2019 Pinot Noir

Woman-owned

Estate Wine

Organically Farmed

No Animal Products

Winery: Handley Cellars
Maker: Randy Schock (winemaker), Lulu Mclellon (owner)
Region: Anderson Valley AVA, Mendocino County, CA
Vineyard: Estate blocks 5A and 5C
Notes: Red fruit, wet stones, bright acidity, limited oak

The Nerdy Details

Price per can: $10
Cans Produced: 6,273
Aged: 8 months, neutral French oak barrels
Residual Sugar (g/L): 0.1
ABV: 13%
pH: 3.75

100% Pinot Noir

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 award-winning, environmentally sustainable wines.

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The Wine

Red fruit, bright acidity, wet stones — a fresh, expressive wine you can drink anytime. Randy made this Pinot Noir as an homage to Milla with the can in mind; bright acidity and limited oak; bursting with fruit but not heavy or overwhelming. It’s a playful yet premium pinot that works well at room temperature or with a little chill; in a glass or straight outta the can.

Body

3/5

Acidity

4/5

Sweetness

1/5

Tannin

2/5

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 red rolling hills on the can reflect the unique topography of Anderson Valley and the strawberry, rhubarb flavors of this wine. Randy and Lulu printed “Mom would like it” on the bottom of the can as an ode to Milla, who sadly passed away shortly before the Pinot was released.

Pair With

Think earthy, creamy, rich — melted brie and cranberries, mushroom risotto, a good ‘ol pepperoni pie.

Winemaker Notes

These blocks were planted in 1990 with clone 2A Wadenswil and an unknown Roederer field selection with sparkling wine production in mind. They provide fruit forward wines with very little tannin, lighter bodied, and good acidity due to ripening at lower brix than newer selections.

All the grapes were picked by hand and fermented in small lots in open top tank tanks. After three days of cold soaking ferments were inoculated and punched down twice a day. Only organic nutrients were used during fermentation. When dry, the wine was pressed to barrels for weekly stirring until completion of malolactic fermentation.

Why he loves it
“This wine is Milla — it’s OG early California Pinot Noir, and we are finally coming back to appreciating it. This project was really rewarding for me. I hope this wine honors all mothers as well as the transition from Milla to Lulu. We’re growing and evolving, but still respecting our roots.” — Randy

“By far the best canned Pinot Noir I have had the pleasure of tasting.”

— ALDER YARROW, VINOGRAPHY
Handley Estate, view of the estate pinot noir
Handley Cellars, Anderson Valley
Milla Handley, founding winemaker of Handley Cellars
Founding Winemaker Milla Handley