Hanzell Vineyards

707-996-3860 18596 Lomita Avenue
Sonoma, CA 95476
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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 Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Musto Carmelitano Aglianico del Vulture Serra del Prete 2009


    Clear garnet color. Cherries and cream on the nose with hints of violets and rose petals. Fresh, resiny cranberry on the palate with notes of orange rind and smoke, needed several hours to smooth out the strong tannins. A building finish of dark stonefruit and black pepper. Read More

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  • Hanzell Pinot Noir Sonoma Valley 2005


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  • Hanzell Chardonnay Sonoma Valley 2005


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  • For our next video installment from this summer's Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, ... director of Winemaking for Hanzell Vineyards and chatted with him for a bit.In case you aren't familiar with Hanzell, it is a historic Sonoma property, founded in 1957 with a mission to produce exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Burgundian style. The v... Read More

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  • Hanzell Pinot Noir Sonoma Valley 2001


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  • Hanzell Chardonnay Sonoma Valley 2008


    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! Read More

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  • Hanzell Chardonnay Sonoma Valley 2007


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