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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Hanzell Sebella Chardonnay 2009
Hanzell Sebella Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 109939)
boutique wine
collectible wine


PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The fresh and youthful aromas of white flower, citrus blossom and chamomile are pleasantly wrapped in lovely Hanzell minerality. The rich, creamy entry is juxtaposed by bright acidity and vibrant flavors of lemon peel and crisp apple. The structure and textural mouth feel combining with fresh Chardonnay fruit and wet stone are reminiscent of great Chablis grown in warmer vintage years.
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About Hanzell Vineyards:

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 their winery Hanzell, a contraction of Mrs. Hana Zellerbach's name.

Zellerbach hired Ralph Bradford Webb in 1956 to be his winemaker and Webb would be integral to the winemaking for the first two decades of Hanzell. Webb introduced four significant advances in enology that would subsequently be adopted by many other wineries, predicating consistency and quality for the entire industry -temperature-controlled fermentation, the use of French Oak barrels, the practice of "blanketing" young wines in tank with inert gas and the practice of induced malolactic fermentation.

The original 6 acre vineyard has grown to 42 acres today, allowing Hanzell to produce 6,000 cases annually: three-quarters Chardonnay and one-quarter Pinot Noir, retaining its identity as a very small winery dedicated to making the Burgundian varietals at the Grand Cru level. Through five decades, Hanzell has pursued empirical winemaking and established traditions on which great cellar-worthy winemaking is predicated.