Handley Anderson Valley Gewurztraminer 2007

Gewurztraminer from North Coast, California

Item No. 98165
  • white wine
  • WE90
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Winemaker's Notes

Forty-five percent of the grapes were crushed and macerated for four hours before pressing in order to extract the aromatics and structure intrinsic to Gewürztraminer. Fifty-five percent was direct-pressed to retain the acidity and bright flavors of the varietal. Once pressed, 62% of the juice was fermented in stainless steel; the remainder went to neutral French oak barrels and puncheons. The use of neutral oak ensured good mid-palate weight without overwhelming the wine's aromatics.

With aromas of orange zest and narcissus, this wine offers subtle flavors of peaches and melon. This wine is a classic dry California Gewürztraminer. Lovely as an aperitif, it has enough rich fruit to hold its own with mild Thai curries or spicy sausages.

Critical Acclaim

"So pure and refined, this Gewürztraminer shows how great Anderson Valley can ripen the variety. Throw in Handley’s deft hand, and you get an immensely flavorful, spicy white wine of tremendous balance and finesse."
90 Points

Learn About Handley

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...

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Learn About North Coast

Beyond Napa and Sonoma in the north you find a couple of other counties producing great wine. Among these are Mendocino and Lake County. The northernmost California winegrowing regions, these two counties are right above Napa and Sonoma, geographically. Yet, wine-wise they are very different - both from their southern neighbors and from each other. Notable Facts Mendocino...

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Learn About Gewurztraminer

Gewurztraminer (Guh-WERTZ-trah-meen-ehr) Spice is Nice If you've ever smelled a lychee, you'll probably recognize a wine made from Gewurztraminer. Gewurz, the german term for spice, adequately describes the aromas and flavors that permeate wines made from the grape. Mostly grown in Alsace and Germany's Pfalz region, Gewurztraminer is not the easiest...

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