Surrounded by redwood forests and blanketed in atmospheric fog, the Anderson Valley is one of California’s most picturesque appellations. Centered on the Navarro River, the region is kept cool by moist air flowing in from the Pacific Ocean. High and low temperatures can vary as much as 40 or 50 degrees within a single day, allowing for slow and gentle ripening of grapes which will in turn create elegantly balanced wines.
WE’VE BEEN CARRYING HANDLEY WINES SINCE WE OPENED THE SHOP IN 2003; I’VE ALWAYS ADMIRED MILLA HANDLEY’S HANDS-OFF APPROACH TO WINEMAKEING AND HER MORE THAN COMPETITIVE PRICING. HANDLEY FIRMLY BELIEVES IN A CONSCIOUS AND CONSCIENTIOUS APPROACH TO FARMING AND WINEMAKING, AND PURCHASE GRAPES FROM SMALL, LOCAL, FAMILY GROWERS, AND WHENEVER POSSIBLE, SELECTING FRUIT THAT IS FARMED ORGANICALLY. WINEMAKER AND FOUNDER MILLA HANDLEY DIED A FEW MONTHS AGO. SHE WAS A GREAT WINEMAKER AND A LOVELY PERSON, AND HER LEGACY LIVES ON AT HER EPONYMOUS WINERY.
Working with carefully tended, exceptional sites, they strive to create wines which faithfully reflect the unique characteristics of the vineyards and viticultural region, focusing on the Anderson Valley. They select vineyards that fully ripen at lower brix, resulting in wines with low to moderate alcohol levels. From start to finish, they are mindful of the impact on the Anderson Valley, and the implications that farming and wine making choices for future generations.