2014 Hanzell "Estate" Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1383648 92 points Burghound

Outer quote mark A slightly more elegant if not quite as ripe nose offers up cool and airy aromas of pure red pinot fruit, spice and rose petal. I very much like the sleek and again sophisticated mouth feel of the medium weight flavors that are shaped in relatively fine tannins on the focused, intense and sneaky long finish. Lovely stuff that could also be enjoyed now or held for further development. *Outstanding* Inner quote mark (10/2018)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Pungent layers of earthiness, a mix of black tea, compost, clove and forest pine, are at the forefront of this structured, densely packed red. The fruit in this wine shows a lean tart slice of wild strawberry and cranberry. The body is structured and elegant, with plenty of complexity for aging. *Cellar Selection* (VB) Inner quote mark (7/2018)

91 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark An early harvest and a generous crop produced this red-fruited beauty, its bright cherry flavors wrapped in the smokiness of new oak. This vintage is directly fruity, though the fruit flavors are delicate and clean, as transparent as a veil. It’s a wine that should age with grace. Inner quote mark (10/2018)

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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/14/2021 | Send Email
How often do you really get to taste aged California Pinot Noir? Practically never. But luckily enough, Ryan Woodhouse, our domestic buyer has been sourcing some incredible library wines from top-tier producers. Whether the the 2012 Swan Great Oaks Pinot, to this 2014 Hanzell Estate, there’s an added delight to tasting great California Pinot Noir that is aged to perfection–and even then it’s rare that it is this good. The nose is subtle and brambly; with herbal black tea notes underscoring beautiful dried red fruit and savory undertones. The weight and balance here is exquisite. Marquee producer? One of the best, old-vine vineyards in all of Sonoma? With bottle age at its absolute Peak? No Brainer.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/13/2021 | Send Email
Hanzell is one of the most iconic estates in all of California with an undisputed reputation for producing some of the most exquisite and age worthy Pinot Noir in the USA. This hilltop patchwork of vines overlooking down town Sonoma is home to some of the oldest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay plantings in the region dating back to 1953! Hanzell's history was cemented in California wine lore by longtime winemaker, Bob Sessions. Sessions made the wines for 28 years until his passing in 2014. The de Brye family, who have owned the property since 1975, then brought on current President & Director of Winemaking, Jason Jardine. Jardine who established the renowned Rhys Vineyards, and oversaw the rejuvenation of Flowers Winery in recent years, came on board in 2014 and immediately set about converting Hanzell's 42 acres of vines over to organic, re-generative viticulture. The 2014 Pinot Noir is the first release to see Jason's influence and he seeks to capture this special terroir even more intricately. This wine created quite the buzz in the K&L office this week when opened for tasting. Hanzell has long been held in high regard by our staff who appreciate the elegant, complex, layered style of Pinot the estate is known for. The wine is drinking beautifully. Crimson rose petal, pristine wild red berries, dusty spices, leather, truffle, forest floor. Supremely elegant with a wonderful silky texture, refined tannins, vibrant acidity and such beautiful interplay between the purity of the fruit and depth of savory, soil driven characters. This is a Pinot Noir to savor in a large Burgundy glass. It's just hitting its stride with six years in bottle, and will continue to provide prime drinking for another decade plus. We negotiated a special price, direct from the winery, on the remaining cases of the 2014 vintage, and are offering this wine at an unheard of price for this pedigreed bottling.
Top Value! Drink from 2021 to 2035

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