Hanzell Vineyards

Sonoma Valley Chardonnay

9.310 ratings
9.34 pro ratings
Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Chardonnay
Top Notes For
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.3

Second winery on day two in Sonoma was Hanzell Vineyards with Whitney. Third wine was the Hanzell Chardonnay, which is their flagship Chardonnay bottling. All the fruit comes from five of their estate vineyards with an average age of 29 years; de Brye, Zellerbach, Day, Ramos and Ambassador's 1953 vineyards. This bottling is fermented in a mix of stainless steel (62%) and new French oak barrel (38%), the later goes through lee stirring for two months. Aged for a total of twelve months in neutral French oak with all barrel fermentation going through malolactic.

Medium to medium plus lemon yellow with a slight golden hue. Lovely Chardonnay nose with layers of stone, tree and tropical fruits followed by an interesting note of herbal tea like chamomile and honeysuckle. A touch of citrus zest and brioche. Some more mouthwatering acidity on this bottling from Hanzell (7/10) with a medium plus body. Rich palate with a touch of butter, citrus, honeysuckle and some white stone fruits. A nice creamy mouthfeel with a long, lingering finish. Drink till 2032. (93+)

$$$ - Tasted at the winery. Retail price is $78.00.

Second winery on day two in Sonoma was Hanzell Vineyards with Whitney. Third wine was the Hanzell Chardonnay, which is their flagship Chardonnay bottling. All the fruit comes from five of their estate vineyards with an average age of 29 years; de Brye, Zellerbach, Day, Ramos and Ambassador's 1953 vineyards. This bottling is fermented in a mix of stainless steel (62%) and new French oak barrel (38%), the later goes through lee stirring for two months. Aged for a total of twelve months in neutral French oak with all barrel fermentation going through malolactic.

Medium to medium plus lemon yellow with a slight golden hue. Lovely Chardonnay nose with layers of stone, tree and tropical fruits followed by an interesting note of herbal tea like chamomile and honeysuckle. A touch of citrus zest and brioche. Some more mouthwatering acidity on this bottling from Hanzell (7/10) with a medium plus body. Rich palate with a touch of butter, citrus, honeysuckle and some white stone fruits. A nice creamy mouthfeel with a long, lingering finish. Drink till 2032. (93+)

$$$ - Tasted at the winery. Retail price is $78.00.

Jun 5th, 2018
Cameron Etezadi

Complex notes with honeysuckle and camomile plus pear, melon, green apple and kumquat. Creamy yet not buttery with citrus bites and strong and long finish. 25% French oak with ML, 75% neutral and not ML’d.

Complex notes with honeysuckle and camomile plus pear, melon, green apple and kumquat. Creamy yet not buttery with citrus bites and strong and long finish. 25% French oak with ML, 75% neutral and not ML’d.

Sep 22nd, 2018
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