(From 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.
“The 2003 Chardonnay is brilliantly clear and gold-green. It is quite aromatic in its youth, suggestive of honeysuckle, lemon verbena and baked pears. Pine forest notes spice the floral and fruit components. Hanzellʼs consistent and provocative mineral character is present although quiet now. In the mouth the 2003 is round and full, almost velvety like supple red wines – it is considerable and should age very well.”
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 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.