Hanzell Chardonnay 2008

Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California

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Item No. 106973
  • white wine
  • boutique wine
  • collectible wine
  • WE92
  • WS91
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

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Winemaker's Notes

The attractive, high-toned aromas are of citrus blossoms, pear, green apple, vanilla, lemon oil, anise, clove, graphite, and clean mineral. A bit tightly wound initially, the mouth-watering acidity belies the full body and concentrated, sweet lemony fruit. As the wine opens up, the inherent richness and flavor intensity rise to demonstrate the quality and longevity of the vintage. The unfolding flavors are of ripe apple, citrus, clove and caramel on a long, mineral-laden finish.

Critical Acclaim

"Lots of fresh, zingy acidity in this dry, young Chardonnay, and the steely minerality gives it a tang of cold metal. There are tantalizing hints of ripe citrus fruit and apricots. Give it 4–5 years in the cellar to come around. "
92 Points

"Tight and flinty, with mineral, lean apple and spice flavors that are slow to unwind, but gain depth and personality as they do. The floral aroma carries over nicely to the palate, expanding on the finish. Best from 2012 through 2020."
91 Points

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Rez-n-Tessa - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

Style: Light & Crisp
Pair with: Cheese > Creamy
My new benchmark California Chardonnay. Enjoyed this with friends before dinner the other week. They are Rombauer fans and they loved this less-oaky style. Perfect balance of fruit and wood, long finish, simply yummy! Definite buy again!
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Style: Fruity & Smooth
First tried the 2008 a year ago and would've given it 5-stars. Opened a bottle recently, and some of the wine's character was replaced by acidity. It may have passed its prime. This is an unoaked chardonnay, so it is not buttery like most CA chardonnays.
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Learn About Hanzell Map ItMap It

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 Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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