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Hanzell Pinot Noir Sonoma Valley 2004

External Review by Sam's Wine:

Shows light cedar and a hint of toasty oak in the aroma. Firm, focused and pleasantly earthy on the palate, with tightly wound cherry and berry fruit that needs time to flesh out. Best from 2008 through 2014.

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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

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Snooth User: richbeg
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02/15/2009

Five glasses


External Reviews for Hanzell Pinot Noir Sonoma Valley

External Review
Source: Sam's Wine
09/15/2009

Shows light cedar and a hint of toasty oak in the aroma. Firm, focused and pleasantly earthy on the palate, with tightly wound cherry and berry fruit that needs time to flesh out. Best from 2008 through 2014.


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

Taut and medium-bodied, with a toasty, cedary oak edge and dried berry fruit that leaves you hoping for a shade more depth and richness. Drink now through 2011. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 1,400 cases made.-From Wine Spectator




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