Hanzell

Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir

9.2419 ratings
9.2137 pro ratings
Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
David L

Hansel Pinot Noir. Ripe & flashy. Ripened raspberry, strawberries, black licorice, tobacco, leather. Nice wine.

Hansel Pinot Noir. Ripe & flashy. Ripened raspberry, strawberries, black licorice, tobacco, leather. Nice wine.

Sep 8th, 2018
Alex Jones

Marketing/Development Kunni/Westerly Wines

8.7

Direct purchase from Hanzell library. Herbal with some crushed blackberry fruit, Asian spice and leather. Wish had opened two years ago.

Direct purchase from Hanzell library. Herbal with some crushed blackberry fruit, Asian spice and leather. Wish had opened two years ago.

Sep 5th, 2018
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.5

Second winery on day two in Sonoma was Hanzell Vineyards with Whitney. Last wine was the Hanzell Pinot Noir, which is their flagship Pinot Noir bottling. All the fruit comes from three of their estate vineyards with an average age of 26 years; de Brye, Sessions and Ambassador's 1953 vineyards. This bottling is fermented for a five-day cold soak and 10% is whole cluster. Aged for 18 months in 63% new French oak barrels (60 gallon).

Medium garnet red with light ruby edges. Love the nose, like a true high-end Burgundian Pinot Noir. Layered with cedar, spices, sandalwood, raspberries, tobacco, purple flowers, white pepper and a touch of dark citrus. Medium plus acidity (7/10) and medium plus bodied. Elegant yet balanced with cherries, red berries, spices, Provencal herbs and forest floor. Long and never-ending finish. Drink till 2035.

$$$ - Tasted at the winery. Retail price is $98.00.

Second winery on day two in Sonoma was Hanzell Vineyards with Whitney. Last wine was the Hanzell Pinot Noir, which is their flagship Pinot Noir bottling. All the fruit comes from three of their estate vineyards with an average age of 26 years; de Brye, Sessions and Ambassador's 1953 vineyards. This bottling is fermented for a five-day cold soak and 10% is whole cluster. Aged for 18 months in 63% new French oak barrels (60 gallon).

Medium garnet red with light ruby edges. Love the nose, like a true high-end Burgundian Pinot Noir. Layered with cedar, spices, sandalwood, raspberries, tobacco, purple flowers, white pepper and a touch of dark citrus. Medium plus acidity (7/10) and medium plus bodied. Elegant yet balanced with cherries, red berries, spices, Provencal herbs and forest floor. Long and never-ending finish. Drink till 2035.

$$$ - Tasted at the winery. Retail price is $98.00.

Jun 5th, 2018
Ross Cobb

Owner/Winemaker Cobb Wines, Winemaker Hirsch Vineyards, Claypool Cellars, Banshee Wines

9.6

Fresh and gorgeous. Opened up with more fruit after decant.!

Fresh and gorgeous. Opened up with more fruit after decant.!

Mar 21st, 2018
Vino Kaela

46 year old Sonoma Pinot Noir! This is a great example of why Hanzell is a top notch producer. The fruit was still present in it cherry and strawberry ripeness was a little candied/stewed, slight savory herb notes. What was really impressive was the texture of this wine on the palate. Still holding its balance pretty well there were some impressive tannins left in the mouth suggesting they weren't destemming back in the 60's and 70's... Very good and very thought provoking wine.

46 year old Sonoma Pinot Noir! This is a great example of why Hanzell is a top notch producer. The fruit was still present in it cherry and strawberry ripeness was a little candied/stewed, slight savory herb notes. What was really impressive was the texture of this wine on the palate. Still holding its balance pretty well there were some impressive tannins left in the mouth suggesting they weren't destemming back in the 60's and 70's... Very good and very thought provoking wine.

5 people found it helpfulApr 3rd, 2015
Steve Matthiasson

Owner/Winemaker Matthiasson Wines

8.8

1982. A little tired, but great texture and tannin structure, some dark fruit on the palate, a powerful wine, benefited from some air.

1982. A little tired, but great texture and tannin structure, some dark fruit on the palate, a powerful wine, benefited from some air.

2 people found it helpfulJun 2nd, 2014
Alder Yarrow

Wine Blogger Vinography

9.4

Light ruby and brick. Sweet cedar and raisin aromas, wonderful cedar leather and dried herbs and flowers. Gorgeous

Light ruby and brick. Sweet cedar and raisin aromas, wonderful cedar leather and dried herbs and flowers. Gorgeous

1 person found it helpfulNov 20th, 2015
Vino Kaela

Showing very nice at 8 years old. The fruit is still fresh but not overwhelming, the earth notes of Hanzell's terroir is just beginning to sing and the oak has given the wine a nice lingering sweet spice finish.

Showing very nice at 8 years old. The fruit is still fresh but not overwhelming, the earth notes of Hanzell's terroir is just beginning to sing and the oak has given the wine a nice lingering sweet spice finish.

1 person found it helpfulMar 19th, 2015
Mike Smith

Owner/Winemaker Myriad Cellars

9.8

Amazing

Amazing

1 person found it helpfulMay 13th, 2013
Charles Antin

Senior Wine Specialist/Auctioneer Zachys

9.1

I don't think I've had Sonoma Pinot his old...a revelation. More than hanging on, full of life. Most people guessed it an early 80s 1er cru.

I don't think I've had Sonoma Pinot his old...a revelation. More than hanging on, full of life. Most people guessed it an early 80s 1er cru.

May 9th, 2017