Heady and well made, Handley's Whispering Oaks, a certified-organic vineyard near the Ukiah Valley gets more heat than the winery's estate vines, giving this wine a fuller body and texture than its 2011 estate Chardonnay. With flavors of pear, apple and spice, it's crisp yet rich with just the smallest ounce of a barrel imprint, a match for roast chicken with herbs.
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Reviews wines from California.
Contributing Editor Virginie Boone has been with Wine Enthusiast since 2010, and reviews the wines of Napa and Sonoma. Boone began her writing career with Lonely Planet travel guides, which eventually led to California-focused wine coverage. She contributes to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat
and Sonoma Magazine
, and is a regular panelist and speaker on wine topics in California and beyond.