Blackberry, dark cherry and plum greet the senses. The fine texture, with enough backbone to stand on its own, reveals an elegant earthiness, hallmark of the Hanzell lineage. Notes of dried herbs, mushrooms and some French oak from Sirugue complete this elaborate Pinot Noir. Its warm glow enraptures the palate and hints at future developments as it matures.
"Hanzell, off in an untraveled section of Sonoma county, was a true pioneer in growing and vinifying Pinot Noir in California. The original owner, James D. Zellerbach, made no secret of his intentions; he built the winery to resemble Clos de Vougeot, that great landmark winery in the midst of Burgundy's Pinot Noir vineyards... Great Burgundies are not floral and sweet; they can seem dry and tarry on first impression. But when paired with food, they show their true style, the intensity of fruit and complexity of flavors. So it is with this Hanzell. It sounds elitist, but this is a Pinot Noir for the connoisseurs."
-Frank Prial, New York Times