Glistening with a bright green-gold hue, the color of this wine speaks of the energy of this vintage. Subtle floral aromas of honeysuckle and jasmine lift the pear and lemon scents in the nose. With time in the glass or decanter, more breadth and complexity are added to the initial aromas. The flavors are still quite tightly wound: Hanzell minerality and lemon zest acidity balanced with ripe pear, honeydew and clove. As these flavors unfold, the richness and texture in the body become more and more evident. The concentration and vibrant structure of this wine suggest an extremely good vintage for aging in the cellar. Decanting one to two hours before serving is recommended.
"A tremendous Chardonnay. As always, the
winery’s ’09 is bone dry, crisply acidic and minerally.
You might call it austere at this point, with its tart finish
of grapefruit. But a great Hanzell Chardonnay will
improve for at least a decade, possible two, and this is a
great Hanzell Chardonnay. The score reflects what the
wine likely will be approximately eight years down the
road. Cellar Selection."
"Almost Chablis-like in its flintiness, this is intense and snappy, with a refreshing core of apple, citrus and pebble flavors. Slow to unfold but does so in a captivating manner, releasing subtle flavor nuances along the way. This wine has a great track record for being tight early and aging long. Best from 2013 through 2023."