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Hart Davis Hart USD 55.00 750ml

Hanzell Chardonnay Sonoma Valley 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

In 20 plus years of winemaking, I had never tasted grapes with such intensity. Despite the diminutive size of many of the clusters, they had explosively powerful flavor! As always during harvest, I was a bit anxious; however, each time Bob Sessions exclaimed from the sorting table, “gorgeous! ... beautiful! … yummy! …” my confidence grew until there was no doubt that this indeed would be an exemplary vintage. Our winemaking traditions referred to now as the “Hanzell Way” comprise carefully controlled fermentation and judicious use of French oak. Of course, the Hanzell Way is still alive and well! With a continued commitment to our rigorous classification process, only the best lots and barrels are selected for our Estate wines. This exceptional vintage has afforded us the opportunity to elevate our 2008 Estate Chardonnay, honoring our commitment to Grand Cru quality.

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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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5.00 5
04/06/2011

Well-structured with bright acid, this well-made Chardonnay is clearly Burgundy-styled. Apple and honey aromas on the nose and a light touch of oak. Taste has fresh, ripe fruit but not overly lush - nicely restrained. Love this wine!


External Reviews for Hanzell Chardonnay Sonoma Valley

External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
12/15/2011

but gain depth and personality as they do. The floral aroma carries over nicely to the palate


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
07/06/2011

WS 91 Pts - Tight and flinty, with mineral, lean apple and spice flavors that are slow to unwind, but gain depth and personality as they do. The floral aroma carries over nicely to the palate, expanding on the finish. Rated 90+


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
03/22/2012

Tight and flinty, with mineral, lean apple and spice flavors that are slow to unwind, but gain depth and personality as they do. The floral aroma carries over nicely to the palate, expanding on the finish. Best from 2012 through 2020. 2,000 cases made.


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
03/24/2011

An impressive Chardonnay by revered Hanzell Vineyards showing incredible complexity and grace.


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
12/15/2011

with mineral


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
12/15/2011

lean apple and spice flavors that are slow to unwind


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
12/15/2011

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The attractive, high-toned aromas are of citrus blossoms, pear, green apple, vanilla, lemon oil, anise, clove, graphite, and clean mineral. A bit tightly wound initially, the mouth-watering acidity belies the full body and concentrated, sweet lemony fruit. As the wine opens up, the inherent richness and flavor intensity rise to demonstrate the quality and longevity of the vintage. The unfolding flavors are of ripe apple, citrus, clove and caramel on a long, mineral-laden finish. Decanting one to two hours before serving is recommended.

In 20 plus years of winemaking, I had never tasted grapes with such intensity. Despite the diminutive size of many of the clusters, they had explosively powerful flavor! As always during harvest, I was a bit anxious; however, each time Bob Sessions exclaimed from the sorting table, “gorgeous! ... beautiful! … yummy! …” my confidence grew until there was no doubt that this indeed would be an exemplary vintage. Our winemaking traditions referred to now as the “Hanzell Way” comprise carefully controlled fermentation and judicious use of French oak. Of course, the Hanzell Way is still alive and well! With a continued commitment to our rigorous classification process, only the best lots and barrels are selected for our Estate wines. This exceptional vintage has afforded us the opportunity to elevate our 2008 Estate Chardonnay, honoring our commitment to Grand Cru quality.

2,013 cases produced.

Aged 12 months in French Oak.

Notes: 36% BARREL FERMENTED


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