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Happiness is Handley Cellars’ Gewurztraminer

By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, August 12th, 2010 at 4:10 pm in Corkheads.

Recently, I tasted through a bunch of Mendocino dry white wines, and this one was a stand out.

Handley Cellars

The Mendocino coast’s cool climate is famous for producing pinot noir and a host of white wines, including chardonnay. But the aromatic whites, with their exotic, almost intoxicating aromas, are my favorite.

The Handley Cellars Gewurztraminer ($18) comes from grapes grown on the Boonville end of Anderson Valley, where the warmer weather contributes floral and tropical notes. In 2009, these components developed during the same time as the tannins and sugars, which, according to the folks at Handley, is a rare combination at harvest.

This is the kind of wine you want to keep smelling. The glass is filled with aromas of honeysuckle, lavender, and white peaches. On the rich palate (half the wine is aged in oak foudres and puncheons), I got flavors of grapefruit and lychee. Try it with Asian lettuce cups.

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