Friday, April 2, 2010

Wine Review – 2006 Hanzell Chardonnay

Hanzell Vineyards located in the Sonoma Valley, was founded in 1953 by Ambassador James Zellerbach. The winery was built and based on the principals of the traditions of the Grand Cru’s of the Burgundy region. With their sustainable farming practices, they have been producing high quality Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays since their inception.

The 2006 Chardonnay is exceptional! In the glass it has a light pale yellow color and has a bouquet of honey and vanilla. In the mouth you will realize it is well structured and has tones of pear, citrus and a slight touch of oak. Even though it was aged in oak barrels for 18 months it doesn’t have any overbearing oaky taste. It has a nice, long, smooth finish that just lingers nicely on the palate. This is a very elegant and enjoyable wine and I am glad my father-in-law was willing to share this bottle with us. It went perfectly with the nice spring evening.


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