2006 Hanzell Sonoma Valley Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Chardonnay (4,600+ cases) was 80% tank-fermented with no malolatic, and 33% spent 18 months in barrel. It possesses lovely white peach, pear, and crushed rock characteristics, full body, splendid acidity as well as purity, and a gracious integration of subtle oak. This beautiful white can be enjoyed over the next 5-6 years.
Flinty, with a tight beam of mineral, white peach, nectarine, green apple and lime flavors that are concentrated, keeping the focus on the vibrant fruit.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Fresh, pale yellow. Pear, lichee, minerals, honey and vanilla on the nose. Dense and firmly built, with serious lemony acidity and stony minerality keeping this young wine's tactile kernel of pear and citrus fruit under wraps today. This rather brooding, no-malo chardonnay will need time to unwind. Finishes chewy and brisk, with an intriguing undertone of honey, earth and vanillin oak.