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Hanzell Chardonnay Sonoma Valley 2005

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2005 Hanzell Chardonnay A ripe, flashy style, with a burst of pear, apple, melon and citrus, with a dash of hazelnut and spice. Complex and well proportioned. Drink now through 2011.J.L. MArch 12, 2008Glistening 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 wines release. For the 2005 Chardonnay the wine making was unchanged from the traditions of Bob Sessions three decades as winemaker. Bobs techniques are not typical, and as this was my first vintage making the wine, I was curious to learn how Hanzell Chardonnay distinguishes itself in the company of other California Chardonnays. Hanzells recipe is unique: grapes are crushed before pressing, fermentation occurs in tank rather than barrel, new oak barrels are used only moderately, and malo-lactic fermentation is largely suppressed. The winemaking is so traditional as to be, in an odd way, iconoclast and new. Stylish Chardonnays created for exuberant ripeness, buttery richness and dominant oaky flavor do not allow a sense of place to show. The Hanzell recipe honors a lighter winemaking touch and permits clarity of expression. The wine is about place rather than ingredients. The winemaking is traditional, but intentional. Michael Terrien, Winemaker This is a California wine

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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

Member Reviews for Hanzell Chardonnay Sonoma Valley

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Snooth User: willson
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4.50 5
01/28/2008

A stunning white Burgundy . . . err . . . California Chardonnay. Incredible depth and character with stunning citrus notes and perfect minerality tones. No oak!


Snooth User: jamlani
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4.00 5
10/29/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for Hanzell Chardonnay Sonoma Valley

External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
04/30/2010

Hanzell Vineyards Chardonnay 2005 and all other wine from Hanzell Vineyards are available for immediate delivery and discounted prices from CheaperCigars.com. We also carry wide variety of wine from USA and across the globe.


External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesHanzells minerality, the true terrior of our vineyard, claims the spotlight in our Chardonnay. The sweet flavors of ripe apple and pear compote appear next in the parade followed by warm baguette, almond and grapefruit zest. As the layers of these flavors gracefully unfold, the elegant texture dances until sunrise on the palate. Cellaring this wine for a decade or more will reward the collector with great complexity in the wines bouquet.


External Review
01/16/2009

A ripe, flashy style, showing a burst of pear, apple, melon and citrus, with a dash of hazelnut and spice. Complex and well-proportioned. Drink now through 2011. 4,636 cases made. -JL Wine Spectator. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2005 Hanzell Chardonnay 750ml


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
04/01/2008

Hanzell Chardonnay Sonoma



2005 Hanzell Chardonnay A ripe, flashy style, with a burst of pear, apple, melon and citrus, with a dash of hazelnut and spice. Complex and well proportioned. Drink now through 2011.J.L. MArch 12, 2008Glistening 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 wines release. For the 2005 Chardonnay the wine making was unchanged from the traditions of Bob Sessions three decades as winemaker. Bobs techniques are not typical, and as this was my first vintage making the wine, I was curious to learn how Hanzell Chardonnay distinguishes itself in the company of other California Chardonnays. Hanzells recipe is unique: grapes are crushed before pressing, fermentation occurs in tank rather than barrel, new oak barrels are used only moderately, and malo-lactic fermentation is largely suppressed. The winemaking is so traditional as to be, in an odd way, iconoclast and new. Stylish Chardonnays created for exuberant ripeness, buttery richness and dominant oaky flavor do not allow a sense of place to show. The Hanzell recipe honors a lighter winemaking touch and permits clarity of expression. The wine is about place rather than ingredients. The winemaking is traditional, but intentional. Michael Terrien, Winemaker This is a California wine

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