Hanzell Chardonnay 2006

Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California

Price: $75.00 $59.99
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Item No. 97405
  • RP93
  • WS92
  • ST90
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Winemaker's Notes

An elegant fragrance of chamomile, lemon and grapefruit pith, with darker tones of honey and bees wax followed by hazelnut and even savory elements of thyme and walnut. An even, mineral-dry, taut character to the wine when it first hits the tongue extends with a rounded fullness as it begins to develop in bottle.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2006 Chardonnay was 80% tank-fermented with no malolatic, and 33% spent 18 months in barrel. It possesses lovely white peach, pear, and crushed rock characteristics, full body, splendid acidity as well as purity, and a gracious integration of subtle oak. This beautiful white can be enjoyed over the next 5-6 years"
93 Points

"Flinty, with a tight beam of mineral, white peach, nectarine, green apple and lime flavors that are concentrated, keeping the focus on the vibrant fruit. Drink now through 2014."
92 Points

"Fresh, pale yellow. Pear, lichee, minerals, honey and vanilla on the nose. Dense and firmly built, with serious lemony acidity and stony minerality keeping this young wine's tactile kernel of pear and citrus fruit under wraps today. This rather brooding, no-malo chardonnay will need time to unwind. Finishes chewy and brisk, with an intriguing undertone of honey, earth and vanillin oak."
90 Points

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Pete Teele - Walnut Creek, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/28/2010)
This is an exceptional chardonnay in a very Burgundian style: lots of stone and mineral notes, restrained but ripe fruit, light touch of oak, and long, long finish. Beautiful and balanced; smooth and elegant.
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Learn About Hanzell Map ItMap It

Industrialist James D. Zellerbach acquired the 200 acre Hanzell estate on the Mayacamas slopes above the town of Sonoma in 1948, and in 1952 he planted 2 acres of Pinot Noir and 4 acres of Chardonnay on the site. The Ambassador's ambition was to create a small vineyard and winery dedicated to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Zellerbachs created the first vintage in 1957 and named...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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