Hanzell Vineyards Sonoma Valley
Small producer located high up in the Mayacamas Mountains. Hanzell was established way back in 1953 and has long been a pioneer of first-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from its hillside estate vineyard. The operation is built on the quality of this mountain terroir. The Chardonnay is a tight, structured example in its youth with well-judged oak and subtle citrus notes, altogether different from many fuller, fatter examples produced by its neighbours. The Pinot is rich and vibrant, with concentrated dark berry flavours and just a hint of game. Both wines will age well and will benefit from 4 or 5 years’ ageing.
A number of single vineyard wines are also additionally released now which are selections from the best plots on the property. These include Chardonnay and Pinot examples from the Ambassador 1953 and De Brye vineyards as well as Ramos Vineyard Chardonnay and Sessions Vineyard Pinot Noir. The small range is completed by a Sebella Chardonnay which is from young vines. (DM)
To find out more about Hanzell and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Regional Guide to California North Coast..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines. (DM)