2008 Hanzell Chardonnay

Year: 2008
Appellation: Sonoma Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 91
Vinous Media: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 92
White Wine
Price :
$46.95
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"Tight and flinty, with mineral, lean apple and spice flavors that are slow to unwind, but gain depth and personality as they do. The floral aroma carries over nicely to the palate, expanding on the finish. Best from 2012 through 2020. 2,000 cases made." (WS)

"($48) Vivid yellow-gold. Musky pear skin and quince aromas are complemented by iodine and smoky minerals. Powerful orchard fruit flavors are braced by zesty minerality and pick up a bitter lime pith quality with air. Dense and chewy chardonnay with strong finishing grip and lingering minerality. Rochioli told me that this bottling "has a lot of Hanzell clone in it and more Wente is going into the blend every vintage."" (IWC)

"Lots of fresh, zingy acidity in this dry, young Chardonnay, and the steely minerality gives it a tang of cold metal. There are tantalizing hints of ripe citrus fruit and apricots. Give it 4–5 years in the cellar to come around. " (WE)

Winery Notes:
The attractive, high-toned aromas are of citrus blossoms, pear, green apple, vanilla, lemon oil, anise, clove, graphite, and clean mineral. A bit tightly wound initially, the mouth-watering acidity belies the full body and concentrated, sweet lemony fruit. As the wine opens up, the inherent richness and flavor intensity rise to demonstrate the quality and longevity of the vintage. The unfolding flavors are of ripe apple, citrus, clove and caramel on a long, mineral-laden finish.