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2013 Hanzell "Estate" Sonoma Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1248370 91 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Individual judges' scores: Mark Andrew 91 Stephen Brook 93, Andy Howard MW 90. A nose that captures the attention: chiselled, fresh and elegant. Oak is subtle and integrated with a mineral edge and some phenolic grip on the palate. Green citrus and basil notes bring complexity. Understated, yet modern with a pleasant finish. Inner quote mark

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Pure and focused on fresh citrus, with touches of lemon, blood orange and citrus blossom, maintaining a core zestiness through the persistent finish. (JL) Inner quote mark (7/2016)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Exceptionally fine and racy with no obvious sweetness. Great structure. A credit to California Chardonnay history. 17/20 points. Drink 2017-2027. (JR) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

K&L Notes

Hanzell's Estate Chardonnay is the flagship Chardonnay bottling from this venerable, Burgundian varietal specialist in the Sonoma Valley. An innovative winery, Hanzell was the first to create temperature-controlled stainless steel fermenters and isolated a malolactic bacteria that is still used today, there and in wineries worldwide. Considered age-worthy and collectible, Hanzell Chardonnay has a record of 60 years of vintages to back it up--since 1957! This wine is a blend of estate-grown Chardonnay from the winery's Ambassador’s 1953 block, Zellerbach, Day, de Brye and Ramos vineyards.


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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
Hanzell is one of those wines you talk about being really special, but if you haven't tasted it recently it's hard to appreciate just how incredible it really is. Ultra dense nose of white and yellow fruit, honeysuckle - floral, but not perfumed. Dense and oaky in the best way, delicious Meyer lemon and the best quality popcorn you could imagine. It's somehow so Californian, but nothing in California is quite like this. A master piece.

By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/1/2017 | Send Email
The 2013 Hanzell Vineyards Chardonnay is comprised of fruit from older vines on the Hanzell property averaging about 34 years old. This wine has a beautifully expressive nose showing lemon curd, fresh mango, lime zest and brioche notes coming from the lees stirring during the fermentation process. About a fourth of the wine went through malolactic fermentation creating a full, rich texture on the palette but still has that balancing acidity. Drinking fabulously now, this wine also has amazing cellaring potential and can be enjoyed ten or more years from now.

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