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Handley Cellars Water Tower White 2007

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“Water Tower White” varies from year to year. This year it happened to be Viognier, made in a semi-sweet style with 1.78% residual sugar (most dry wines have well below 1% RS). There’s also a bit of fizz in the first moments after you sip, which might throw some people. But it’s still Viognier, with all those tropical fruit and nut layers that anchor the wine no matter how sweet it is.I particularly like how this wine holds together in the midrange of flavors. The most famous French Viognier (known as Condrieu, the place where it’s grown) often has this deceptively tight band of flavor from entry well past the midpalate. It’s after that that this wine shows how much it has going on. You can cheat and serve it a tad warmer to expand the layers a bit, but that would deprive you of some of the pure refreshment. That and the thought that you paid only $12 for this bottle. If you have any interest in Thai food or sweet-and-sour cuisine from southeast Asia or China, this wine is made for it.

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Our estate vineyard experiences cool foggy nights and bright sunny days, the perfect climate for the 12 acres of Pinot Noir, 13 acres of Chardonnay, and 5 acres of Gewürztraminer planted there. All of our Estate Chardonnay and sparkling wines are produced entirely from estate fruit, as are most of our reserve Pinot Noirs. Because vineyards in Anderson Valley are interspersed with homes ... Read more
Our estate vineyard experiences cool foggy nights and bright sunny days, the perfect climate for the 12 acres of Pinot Noir, 13 acres of Chardonnay, and 5 acres of Gewürztraminer planted there. All of our Estate Chardonnay and sparkling wines are produced entirely from estate fruit, as are most of our reserve Pinot Noirs. Because vineyards in Anderson Valley are interspersed with homes and watersheds, Milla made the decision apply for organic certification, and the Estate Vineyard was CCOF certified in August 2005. José Jimenez, our Estate Vineyard manager, Kristen Barnhisel, our co-winemaker, and Bill Oldham, our consultant, work together as a team to keep our vines thriving. They use compost and mineral supplements to build the soil, thus fostering stronger plants that are less susceptible to disease. They avoid using pesticides and herbicides, allowing beneficial insects to flourish. Read less

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Snooth User: m3brooklyn
18198067
4.00 5
05/17/2009

Four glasses


Snooth User: cookypuss1
43950994
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 12/07/2008

Enjoyed this as an aperitif with a cheese plate before Thanksgiving dinner. Very nice wine to wake up the palate, as it's well-balanced with nice acidity. A blend of Viognier and Gewurz this year. At the price point, a nice purchase that is sure to please everyone. Very approachable.


Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 08/14/2007

This year's blend was 100% viognier, with floral and peachy aromas and flavors of peach and banana on the mid-palate. A little over the top for me.


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Vintage: 2005 10/16/2008

“Water Tower White” varies from year to year. This year it happened to be Viognier, made in a semi-sweet style with 1.78% residual sugar (most dry wines have well below 1% RS). There’s also a bit of fizz in the first moments after you sip, which might throw some people. But it’s still Viognier, with all those tropical fruit and nut layers that anchor the wine no matter how sweet it is.I particularly like how this wine holds together in the midrange of flavors. The most famous French Viognier (known as Condrieu, the place where it’s grown) often has this deceptively tight band of flavor from entry well past the midpalate. It’s after that that this wine shows how much it has going on. You can cheat and serve it a tad warmer to expand the layers a bit, but that would deprive you of some of the pure refreshment. That and the thought that you paid only $12 for this bottle. If you have any interest in Thai food or sweet-and-sour cuisine from southeast Asia or China, this wine is made for it.




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