Hanzell Pinot Noir 1997

Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California

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Item No. 43116
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Winemaker's Notes

Hanzell Vineyards Pinot Noir should not be accused of being Burgundian on the palate; it is a classical Californian style from the 1960s, and built for the cellar. It is smoky, peppery, with bright black cherry, black tea and cola overtones in its youth. As the pinot noir matures it evolves impressions of chocolate, lapsong souchong and green teas, beef bouillon and sweet bing cherry. Winemaker's Comments: "A dark Pinot Noir, the 1997 is initially forward and fruity with strong notes of plum and savory dark chocolate. Further inspection reveals lots of the Hanzell terroir including leather, black cherry and black tea rounded off with lovely French oak from aging 28 months in Tonnellerie Sirugue barrels. Finally, the wine is very well structured and should age magnificently." .... Bob Sessions

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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 Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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