Hanzell Chardonnay 2016 750ml - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake
Hanzell Chardonnay 2016 750ml
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Hanzell Chardonnay 2016

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750ml
$59.99

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Category White Wine
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Region California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley
Brand Hanzell
Alcohol/vol 14.3%

Ambassador James D. Zellerbach founded Hanzell Vineyards in 1953 with a vision to create wines that could compete on the world stage. Named after his wife Hana, Hanzell sits at the southern toe of the Mayacamas mountain range overlooking the south-western end of Sonoma Valley and San Pablo Bay. After extensive time spent in Burgundy, Zellerbach returned inspired and educated by the region’s wines and grapes—Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. He then planted these two varieties at a time when there were less than a few hundred acres of each planted in North America. Since 1975, Hanzell has been solely owned by the de Brye family, who is dedicated to the preservation of tradition with a progressive and holistic approach which will ensure the sustainability for generations to come.

At the toe of the Mayacamas Mountains, the folks at Hanzell have been farming the Hanzell Estate for over six decades. As stewards of the land, they feel they have an ethical, social, and ecological responsibility to ensure the sustainability of this place for generations to come. Hanzell's Integrated Farming philosophy is rooted in a holistic approach where the vineyard is one part of an interconnected farm eco-system. In addition to forty-six acres of vineyards you will find sheep, pigs, chickens, geese, dogs, cats, turkeys, deer, vegetable gardens and fruit orchards, all working harmoniously together to enhance the well-being of this land and ultimately, the well-being of the people who live there. This “bio farm” approach allows Hanzell to reduce their carbon footprint by limiting all outside inputs and making use of natural nutrient cycles, just as farming was prior to the advent of chemical applications. They weave in bio-dynamic principles as well as science-based farm management systems to strive for one day being 100% self-sustained. Today, any material brought on property from outside sources are Certified Organic solely from manufacturers with strong ethical, social, and environmental platforms.

Hanzell Chardonnay is an estate blend, sourced from thirty-two acres of Ambassador’s 1953, Day, de Brye, Ramos & Zellerbach vineyard blocks all on rocky volcanic and clay-loam soils. Wente and Hanzell clones are planted primarily on St. George rootstock with an average vine age of thirty-five years. Since their first vintage in 1957, the estate has produced consistent flavor profiles and development year after year. The winery encourages you (as do we!) to taste Hanzell wines while young and through all the stages of evolution to find your own Hanzell “sweet spot”. So this means put Hanzell in your cellar! This time period will be different for everyone but will remain fairly constant vintage to vintage. 


Wine Enthusiast
  • we95

This impressive white delivers a core of quince, lemon rind and apple that blends with accents of white flower and lemongrass. Crisp acidity drives the freshness on the textured palate, offering elegance and plenty of layers of intrigue. This will do well in the cellar; enjoy 2021-2026.

May 1, 2019
Vinous
  • v94

The 2016 Chardonnay is a very pretty, understated wine from Hanzell. Lifted, gracious and quite subtle, it is super-expressive today. Readers should expect a finessed, translucent, incredibly distinctive Chardonnay laced with a range of floral, savory and mineral nuances.

March 2019
Wine Advocate
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The 2016 Chardonnay offers subdued notes of pear blossom, cheese rind, cremini mushroom, fresh apples, hay and clover honey with baker's yeast hints. The light to medium-bodied palate begins minerally before fleshing out to honeyed fruits lifted by juicy acidity and finishing long and nutty. This took a long time to come around after being open, so give it more time in bottle or a long decant. 2,839 cases produced.

December 19, 2019
Wine Spectator
  • ws91

A refined style, with flavors of baked pear and apple pastry, showing citrusy hints. Spicy and juicy midpalate, offering touches of toffee on the finish. Drink now through 2023. 2,880 cases made.

June 15, 2019
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