2007 Hanzell Pinot Noir

Year: 2007
Appellation: Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 87
Wine Enthusiast: 91
Wine & Spirits: 93
Red Wine
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$64.95
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"Intense and chewy, showing a trace of maturity and plenty of tannins. Dense and raw, rustic and earthy, this is very tightly wound and in need of cellaring. The core flavors are solid, if less than inviting at this stage. Drink now through 2015. 1,300 cases made." (WS)

"Shows the dry tannins and astringency of youthful Hanzell, but these Pinot Noirs are famously capable of extended aging. Tastes almost rustic now, with a deep core of cherries and cola. The oak is unintegrated, further accentuating the wine’s immaturity. Needs time. Better after 2013, and should develop for an additional decade." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Roasted and savory spices, tobacco leaf, smoked meats, and scents of forest floor lend dark counterpoint to the bright fruit aromas of pomegranate, blackberry and orange-peel. Rich ripe fruit flavor gives balance to the copious mouth-filling tannins. With time resting in the decanter, the delineation between the fruit and the structure of this wine evaporates into a seamless and finely woven fabric of flavor and texture. The impressive fruit concentration and firm structural backbone ensure a life-span that will be measured in decades.