• Hanzell Vineyards Chardonnay 2012 93

    Hanzell Vineyards Chardonnay 2012

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    "With plenty of structure and stuffing, it'll only get better over time..." ~ Wine Enthusiast

    Wine Enthusiast: Designated Cellar Selection. "From four estate vineyards with an average vine age of 33 years, this sparkles in creamy texture and sophisticated, yummy flavors of tangerine, grapefruit and pear. Stony minerality plays on the palate throughout, buoying complex components of jasmine and a lingering, more concentrated finish of honey. With plenty of structure and stuffing, it'll only get better over time, through about 2018." Apr 2015

    Winery: "Brilliant aromas of tangerine, beeswax, chamomile and wet stone combine with our signature floral scent reminiscent of honeysuckle and jasmine. Pink grapefruit, pear and apricot expand out over the rich, viscous mid-palate. Though surprisingly well integrated in its youth, the concentration and vibrant structure of this wine suggest an extremely good vintage for aging in the cellar. Decanting one to two hours before serving is recommended." ~ Michael McNeill, winemaker

    The Vintage: "The spring of 2012 was quite ideal with warm sunny days interspersed with well-timed soaking rains. Most noteworthy for the 2012 vintage was the lack of our typical summer heat waves, allowing the clusters a longer growth period. Perhaps the vines were making up for the tiny 2010 and miniscule 2011 harvests, but it seemed that every flower set a berry resulting in dense, full clusters. Several thinning passes were required to maintain the balanced, low yields we desire."

    Bottle:
    750ml, cork
    Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
    Alcohol %:
    14.5%
    Acidity g/L:
    6.7
    pH: 3.3
    Aging: 12 months in 60 gallon French oak barrels & 6 months in stainless steel tanks 
    Region:            
    Sonoma, California