2004 Hanzell Vineyards Pinot Noir Sonoma Valley
Initial high-toned fruit aromas pass to darker fruits quickly and then to savory, complex characters ending with minerals. Apple and even kiwi are followed by cherry and blackberry. Then, leather, tobacco, and the smell of an antique armoir - a dry, spiced character similar to sandalwood. A weightless presence defines the feeling in the mouth, with acidity that lifts it out of sweetness and sustains a long finish.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesLimited in fruit but long on undisguised oak, this bottling leans to dryness throughout, and, although not enormously tannic, it winds up finishing on an astringent note owing to its lack of full fruity buffering. While it will certainly soften a bit with age, it will not find increased fruit as it does so, and it should be drunk up sooner rather than later alongside simply prepared beef and lamb dishes.
CellarTracker Community Tasting NotesCommunity Tasting Notes (average 91.4 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 19 notes)
Wine EnthusiastRating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast
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