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Hanzell Chardonnay Sonoma Valley 2004

Winemaker's Notes:

2004 Hanzell Chardonnay Pear, spicy apple and zesty citrus notes are a prelude to a full-bodied generous wine. Brought up in the distinguished Hanzell terroir and a sunny vintage, its powerful tightly wound structure unfolds, revealing a calm, self-assured personality. Average vine age: 26 years old 2422 estate bottled cases produced

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Hanzell Vineyards:
In 1948, Ambassador James D. Zellerbach acquired 200 acres in the Mayacamas Mountains one mile north of the Sonoma plaza. The Ambassador's ambition was to create a small vineyard and winery dedicated to the best traditions of Grand Cru Burgundy: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay of extraordinary quality and great longevity. The Zellerbachs planted 6 acres in 1953 (now the oldest Pinot Noir viney... Read more
In 1948, Ambassador James D. Zellerbach acquired 200 acres in the Mayacamas Mountains one mile north of the Sonoma plaza. The Ambassador's ambition was to create a small vineyard and winery dedicated to the best traditions of Grand Cru Burgundy: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay of extraordinary quality and great longevity. The Zellerbachs planted 6 acres in 1953 (now the oldest Pinot Noir vineyard in America) and created the first vintage in 1957. They named their winery Hanzell, a contraction of Mrs. Hana Zellerbach's name, and embarked on what would become recognized as one of California's most enduring and historically important wine estates. The Zellerbachs' achievement passed to the Day family in 1965 and then in 1975 the de Brye family acquired the estate. Alexander de Brye has presided over Hanzell for the longest period of Hanzell's considerable history and with his patronage the historical property and deep traditions of Hanzell have been honored, protected and promoted. The original 6 acre vineyard has grown to 42 acres today, allowing Hanzell to produce 6,000 cases annually: three-quarters Chardonnay and one-quarter Pinot Noir. Through five decades Hanzell has pursued empirical winemaking and established traditions on which great cellar-worthy winemaking is predicated. The Hanzell wines honor Ambassador Zellerbach's vision and carry forward one of the greatest legacies of winemaking in the New World. Read less

External Reviews for Hanzell Chardonnay Sonoma Valley

External Review
Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

Shows terrific aromas, serving up a beam of citrus-infused pear, apple and melon fruit, enlivened by firm acidity. The finish sails on, revealing a tight band of fruit. Very impressive. This is a wine with a track record for aging. Drink now through


External Review
Source: kybecca
11/18/2008

A rich, complex and very age-worthy Chardonnay from Sonoma.


External Review
Source: Salute! Wine Market
02/28/2009

Glistening and bright with citrus peel (mostly grapefruit) and bread dough aromas of yeast and wet flour. Subtle flower aromas lift the pear and apple scent and the honeyed, oily richness that develops with bottle age is just beginning to emerge upon the wine’s release.



2004 Hanzell Chardonnay Pear, spicy apple and zesty citrus notes are a prelude to a full-bodied generous wine. Brought up in the distinguished Hanzell terroir and a sunny vintage, its powerful tightly wound structure unfolds, revealing a calm, self-assured personality. Average vine age: 26 years old 2422 estate bottled cases produced

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