33 minutes ago
Built to last: i have always been intrigued by the wines of @hanzellfarm
. perhaps it’s due to the fact that every bottle i had experienced to date was from a prior decade (80’s, 90’s, or 00’s). when i recently learned i was missing out on a “wine night” in tahoe, @janartphoto
did what any true wine friend would do and offered to capture the moment. he filled a sample bottle (a trick i’ve been sharing for years), sealed it and made sure it arrived in napa shortly after. thanks @bjoyous
for handling the delivery. the 2010 is certainly young, yet enticing and nuanced. the wine simply needed time to open in the glass before hitting its stride. the bright acidity and firm tannins offered an intricate dance that was savory and simply delicious. i always love how wine is shared and my hope is that i’ll be doing just that with many, many more past & future vintages of hanzell. don’t miss your shot to do the same!
the first vines of hanzell were planted in 1953. chardonnay from the wente clone and pinot noir from the matin ray clone. over the years, these vines have evolved and ultimately created a distinct hanzell clonal selection. the ambassador's vineyard, is the oldest continually producing vineyard of pinot noir and chardonnay in the new world (65 yrs of world class california grape growing). 🔹🔹🔹
the house style is consistent and has always been burgundian in style. french oak and stainless-steel tanks.
hanzell chardonnays often hold up for 20 years or more. their pinot noir also has a staying power that begs to be cellared!