Hanzell

Sonoma Valley Chardonnay

9.289 ratings
9.232 pro ratings
Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Chardonnay
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.2

Weekly Wednesday Wine Committee and this was a special treat as not only was Weston from Montagu Wines in attendance, but Jason Moore, owner and winemaker for Modus Operandi Wines out of Napa. Blind format as always. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert.

My first Hanzell Chardonnay I believe. I was convinced this was a white burgundy, most likely Chablis. So little acid and oak in this. Very surprised it was west coast. Great fruit profile and finish of limestone, slate, honeyed almonds, but thrown off my the fairly light mid palate.

Weekly Wednesday Wine Committee and this was a special treat as not only was Weston from Montagu Wines in attendance, but Jason Moore, owner and winemaker for Modus Operandi Wines out of Napa. Blind format as always. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert.

My first Hanzell Chardonnay I believe. I was convinced this was a white burgundy, most likely Chablis. So little acid and oak in this. Very surprised it was west coast. Great fruit profile and finish of limestone, slate, honeyed almonds, but thrown off my the fairly light mid palate.

Apr 18th, 2018
David L

12’ Hanzell Chardonnay. DECANT for 30 minutes.
Straw / pale gold color ?
Stone fruits , tangerine, pineapple, pear.
This lingers on the palate for a good 45 seconds. Complexity from the mid -palate on...doesn’t change.

12’ Hanzell Chardonnay. DECANT for 30 minutes.
Straw / pale gold color ?
Stone fruits , tangerine, pineapple, pear.
This lingers on the palate for a good 45 seconds. Complexity from the mid -palate on...doesn’t change.

Feb 6th, 2018
Ryan Carey

Founder Wine Confidential

9.1

Go Gators! This '12 Hanzell is smooth, yet also a little creamy. It's very polished, very approachable, yet still complex.

Go Gators! This '12 Hanzell is smooth, yet also a little creamy. It's very polished, very approachable, yet still complex.

3 people found it helpfulOct 17th, 2015
Christine Havens

Hanzell Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay is poised, 26% of the wine goes through malolactic fermentation in new barrels, with the balance matured in stainless steel. The resulting blend strikes a harmonious balance between freshness and oak, with pretty notes of ripe pear, lemon curd, marzipan, and meadow flowers. These notes are echoed on the palate, along a fine silky cord that steadily unfurls, with each layer providing dimension—a sort of weightless, gossamer expanse that closes with baking spice. Sample

Hanzell Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay is poised, 26% of the wine goes through malolactic fermentation in new barrels, with the balance matured in stainless steel. The resulting blend strikes a harmonious balance between freshness and oak, with pretty notes of ripe pear, lemon curd, marzipan, and meadow flowers. These notes are echoed on the palate, along a fine silky cord that steadily unfurls, with each layer providing dimension—a sort of weightless, gossamer expanse that closes with baking spice. Sample

3 people found it helpfulSep 7th, 2015
Heidi Harrison

Beautifully balanced, creamy, fresh, a bit earthy, a little caramel on the finish #chardonnaydinner #hanzell

Beautifully balanced, creamy, fresh, a bit earthy, a little caramel on the finish #chardonnaydinner #hanzell

Jun 19th, 2017
Veronica Castro

God bless America.

God bless America.

May 23rd, 2016
Tom Riley

A delicious finish to a happy weekend of mild excess. When someone you care about says they don't like Chardonnay, give them this. It's a game changer. This wine demands, and will get, your attention.

A delicious finish to a happy weekend of mild excess. When someone you care about says they don't like Chardonnay, give them this. It's a game changer. This wine demands, and will get, your attention.

Mar 21st, 2016
Tom Riley

No way you find this for $33. Anyway, double decanted, smooth, deep, bright, and brilliant. Ultra delicious. Light and lush at the same time.

No way you find this for $33. Anyway, double decanted, smooth, deep, bright, and brilliant. Ultra delicious. Light and lush at the same time.

Nov 19th, 2015
Suzanne Johnson

Lovely, bought it at the vineyard. Just as light and creamy as I remember

Lovely, bought it at the vineyard. Just as light and creamy as I remember

Jun 22nd, 2015
Cara Patricia

GM/Partner/Head Sommelier at Les Clos San Francisco

9.3

Rich but screaming acid

Rich but screaming acid

May 4th, 2015