2008 Hanzell Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1071195 94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark With Pinot Noir, the magic trick is to have it taste sweet and ripe, and yet to finish bone dry. Few wineries in California accomplish this as regularly as Hanzell, and here they come again, with this wonderful 2008. It’s entirely consistent with their past history, being dry, a little tannic and tantalizingly rich in cherry, raspberry and cola fruit. *Cellar Selection* Inner quote mark (2/2012)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Delicate, mulchy red-fruits nose. Medium bodied but fresh, concentrated and juicy. Shows depth and subtlety, and has a very long, spicy finish. (SB) Inner quote mark (2/2014)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark A perfumed and attractively spiced nose of pure and ripe red berry fruit aromas leads to solidly concentrated and intense flavors that possess a velvety mouth feel, all wrapped in a clean and agreeably dry finish. Inner quote mark (4/2012)

K&L Notes

A heat spike during the early part of the 2008 vintage caused some significant shatter in the vines at Hanzell, resulting in a fruit set that was about half the normal size. It's like natural triage in the vineyard. This translated into some incredibly concentrated fruit, because the berries that set were about half the normal size, with a higher skin-to-juice ratio. What all this means is that the 2008 Hanzell Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir, which comes entirely from the Hanzell estate, is very concentrated, from its cherry and pomegranate-scented nose to its chocolaty, red-fruited palate. That's not to say the wine is purely a fruit bomb, though, there are aromas and flavors of rose petals, orange zest and tobacco, with subtler notes of forest floor, nutmeg and cinnamon spice. This is a bigger style of Pinot Noir that needs a little air right now, and one that will definitely reward if you stash it away in the cellar for a stitch.

Share |
Price: $69.99
Add To Waiting List

Real Time Inventory by location:

The item you have chosen is not in stock in our retail stores or within our main warehouse.

Product turnaround time varies by location of inventory and your chosen method of shipping/pickup. For a detailed explanation click here.

Related Items

Loading recommendations

Additional Information: