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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
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...Read More About Hanzell
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...Read More About Sonoma County
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...Read More About Pinot Noir
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