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2013 Handley Cellars White Blends or Varietals "Brightlighter White"

Winery: Handley Cellars

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Brightlighter White"

Wine Category: White Blends or Varietals

Grape blend: 50% Gewurztraminer & 50% Riesling

Region: Anderson Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $16

Cases produced: 300

KWG Score: 90 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: December 23, 2015

Wine Review: This pale straw colored white blend is a great deal, as it is a lot of wine for the money. It opens with a fragrant tangerine, lychee and green melon bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, slightly sweet and displays plenty of ripe fruit. The flavor profile is a complex blend of ripe apple and lychee with notes of sweet juicy orange. I also detected a hint of honey and touch of minerality in the end. The finish is semi-sweet and its ripe fruits linger for a bit. This tasty wine would pair well with Thai spring rolls. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: This blend is composed of 50% Gewurztraminer from our organically farmed Estate Vineyard and 50% Riesling from Greenwood Ridge Vineyards. Brightlighter is modeled after the traditional blends of Alsace, known as Edelzwicker or Gentil. It has lovely aromas of Asian pear, candied pineapple, and marmalade with fresh-cut green grass and hints of mineral. Juicy flavors of nectarine, white peach, kumquat, and yuzu citrus, along with a touch of cardamom, make this the ultimate summer picnic wine! Great with charcuterie, sausage, cheeses, flatbreads, etc.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Handley 2013 Brightlighter White.

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