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2005 Hanzell Sonoma Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1033354 96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Few wineries in California can craft a Chard as rich, balanced and ageworthy as this. In its youth this ‘05 is flashy in lemondrop, pear and spicy anise, with a honeyed finish and crisp acidity. It’s quite addictively brilliant, a wine whose lush harmony mesmerizes the palate. But Hanzell Chards invariably age well, and this is a wine you can dependably put into your cellar for 5, 10, 15 years, even longer, as it continues to evolve and become more limpid and minerally. *Cellar Selection* Inner quote mark (2/2008)

90 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Meaty and round, this is packed with alcohol, which makes the wine feel rich and dense. It has the tannic feel of red-apple skin, along with vanilla and a rustic saddle leather scent. This needs time to come together, then decant it for roast pork. Inner quote mark (10/2008)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A ripe, flashy style, showing a burst of pear, apple, melon and citrus, with a dash of hazelnut and spice. Complex and well-proportioned. (JL) Inner quote mark (6/2008)

K&L Notes

After 30 years at Hanzell, winemaker Bob Sessions stepped into the background, allowing new winemaker Michael Terrien to take the reins on the 2005 vintage (current winemaker is Michael McNeill). But Terrien chose to follow Sessions' lead, making a Sonoma Valley Chardonnay in the same vibrant style the winery has become known for. An excellent first effort, this wine is bright, with grapefruit zest up front on the nose and subtler aromas of yeast and wet flour. White flowers, pear and apple scents emerge as the wine opens. Crisp and clean on the palate, this wine is light and refreshing and will pair well with lighter fare.

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