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2018 Hanzell "Sebella" Sonoma Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1426641 91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A vibrant array of fresh pears and peaches with a vibrant, crisp and quite elegant palate. Holds the pears long and even. Drink now. Inner quote mark (12/2019)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Juicy stone fruit, fig and legume meet a peach-fuzz texture and complexity in this stainless-steel fermented white aged in neutral oak. Lively, bright, focused and ultimately earthy, it delights as much as it intrigues, offering freshness and length. (VB) Inner quote mark (7/2020)

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Chardonnay Sebella is a very pretty entry-level wine from Hanzell. Airy, gracious and lifted, the 2018 is all class. Orchard fruit, citrus feel, dried herbs and crushed flowers add character of this understated, polished and supremely delicious Sonoma Chardonnay. The bright, saline finish makes it hard to resist a second taste. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Sleek, with crisp acidity backing the lemon-lime and green apple flavors. Notes of wet stone and flint show on the finish, showing hints of dried herbs. (KM) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

K&L Notes

Hanzell utilizes young estate vine parcels for their Sebella bottling. The style of this bottling celebrates the purity and focus of youthful fruit. The precise profile is allowed to shine by virtue of its vinification and barrel-aging in French oak, but without new wood or malolactic fermentation. As a second wine, Sebella is far from simple and its virtue shows most clearly on the persistence of finish which out-classes much more fleshy and obvious Chardonnay bottlings on the market. Winery note: "Exquisite scents of jasmine and honeysuckle give a floral lift to the Pippin apple, guava, cake batter and wet stone aromas. Vivid Meyer lemon and chamomile complement and brighten the apple and guava flavors. Unexpected weight and richness across the palate given the generous acidity and buoyancy."

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By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/2/2019 | Send Email
Consistently one of the staff favorite Domestic Chardonnays, the 2018 Hanzell "Sebella" wowed us again with its right down the middle flavor profile. This is one of the few Chardonnays on the shelf I would feel confident giving to any customer because it hits all elements so perfectly without skewing too far in any direction. With fermentation being completed in stainless steel tanks and aging done in neutral barrel, there is no oak profile for this wine to hide behind like many other wineries rely on. Hanzell also blocks malolactic fermentation, giving the super bright, fresh profile that the K&L staff really gets excited about. I almost hate to admit it, but I like this offering better than their more expensive "Estate" bottling because it so approachable and delicious simultaneously.
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