2014 Hanzell Estate Chardonnay Sonoma Valley


As one of the most venerable names in California Chardonnay, Hanzell has been popularly recognized as one of Sonoma County’s “Grand Crus” since the 1950’s. Their flagship estate Chardonnay is a blend of the finest single vineyards that sit above the clouds on the western side of the Mayacamas (the mountain range that separates Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley). Loads of honeysuckle, bosc pear, hazelnut and citrus with toasty, creamy oak and brimming acidity on the finish. Fans of White Burgundy take note, this ones got all the richness of Puligny with the crisp finish of Chablis... for a fraction of the price. Don’t wait a moment longer because this fine-nectar will sell out fast!

Few wineries can boast that they have Pinot Noir and Chardonnay clones named after their winery, but then Hanzell's viticultural legacy is sizable In 1948, Captain of Industry James David Zellerbach was tasked by President Truman to go to Europe to show off their new "Marshall Plan." During his travels, Zellerbach explored Burgundy's domaines in depth. He soon committed himself to "produce wines equal to the best in the world" at his Sonoma property. He gave his now 200 acres on hillside land overlooking Sonoma the name Hanzell Vineyards - a combination of his wife's first name, Hana, with his family name Zellerbach Since its first vintage from six hillside acres in 1957, Hanzell's mission has been to create the California equivalent of the Grand Crus of Burgundy. Today, Alexander de Brye still favors the tenants of single vineyard, super small lot winemaking and commitment to putting the vineyard first which pays dividends in the elegance and longevity of these legendary wines.

Michael McNeil
Sonoma Valley
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