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7 Ratings
Hanzell Vineyards Chardonnay

Wine Details

Varietal

Chardonnay

Style

White

Wine Description

(2012 Vintage) Exquisite aromas of Bosc pear, green mango, lemon zest and jasmine mingle with scents reminiscent of brioche, anise and dusty slate. While the expansive flavors echo the aromas, there is saline quality that gives a savory tone to the overall impression. The taught structure gives the sense of a lighter weight. However, over the course of a few hours in decanter or opened bottle, the mouthfeel gains richness and texture, suggesting great things over the next ten or more years for those patient enough to lay some away in their cellar.

Expert Reviews
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  • International Wine Cellar
    (2004 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 130, January/February 2007. ($65) Pale, bright yellow. High-pitched, spicy aromas of stone fruits and nutmeg.Rich, round and supple, with flavors of peach and pear; full but not heavy, and yet this seems a bit simple for a wine from this producer. Finishes with a nutty note and good density and length.
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2004 Vintage) There is no questioning the ripeness of this big, very full-bodied Chardonnay, yet appley fruit and plentiful oak are its principal themes from front to back, and, even if a touch hot, it shows fairly good overall balance. It comes with an edge of coarseness that commends pairing with richer foods, and it will show at its best with flavorful salmon recipes.