Hanzell is one of the premiere wine producers in the Sonoma Valley. They only make two varietals, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; they are specialists of the varietals and it shows! The 'Sebella' Pinot Noir is comprised of excellent Sonoma Coast fruit at a super-affordable price. The wine mirrors the age-worthy wines of the Hanzell estate. Fresh fruit characteristics and charm aptly describes the Sebella. Drink now, or allow to further develop in the cellar. At less than $30, we can't get enough!!
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.
Having spent nine months in new French oak, this wine offers a mix of bright acidity and crunchy red fruit. It uncovers white pepper, lavender and forest floor accents as it develops, yielding a wine that shows tremendous value for the quality.