Hanzell Vineyards Chardonnay 2012
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"With plenty of structure and stuffing, it'll only get better over time..." ~ Wine EnthusiastHanzell Vineyards is the original boutique wine estate in California. It was founded in the early 1950's by the Zellerbachs, who were pioneers in Burgundian style. Their devotion to detail, process and terroir has resulted in highly acclaimed Chardonnays across the board, and a very loyal following. We highly recommend you give their Hanzell Vineyards Chardonnay a try... Winemaker Michael McNeill recommends decanting your bottle one to two hours prior to drinking. Be sure to put the decanter in a bowl of ice water. When the wait is over, savor those first glasses with warm wedges of asparagus and chevre tart. We think the green earthiness of the asparagus is a brilliant juxtaposition opposite the floral notes in this stupendous Chardonnay. Follow that with a first course of linguine alla scampi (shrimp), tossed with a garlic and oil sauce, some hot pepper flakes and preserved lemon. Roasted cornish game hens with tarragon gravy and black trumpet dressing is a wonderful entree option. Grilled lobster with brown butter and tri color cauliflower won't hurt either. Open another bottle and bring down the house with a Cowgirl Creamery brie style triple cream Mt. Tam cheese. That's all you need to know.
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."
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
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