Hanzell 2016 Sonoma Valley Estate Chardonnay


Hanzell 2016 Sonoma Valley Estate Chardonnay


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Score: 95WE, 93RP, 91WS, 91JS
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2016
Alcohol: 14.3%
Cases Produced: 2839
From the Winemaker:
“Exuding citrus aromas of lemon zest and kumquat along with green apple, green pear, lemon verbena, a hazelnut note and a slight brioche character, this Chardonnay is classic Hanzell. The palate reflects the nose, with the addition of honeysuckle and thyme, ending with a bright, mouthwatering, elegant finish. Vibrant and delicious now, this wine will surely evolve beautifully in the cellar for decades to come.”
95 Points Wine Enthusiast: “This impressive white delivers a core of quince, lemon rind and apple that blends with accents of white flower and lemongrass. Crisp acidity drives the freshness on the textured palate, offering elegance and plenty of layers of intrigue. This will do well in the cellar; enjoy 2021–2026.”
93 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “The 2016 Chardonnay offers subdued notes of pear blossom, cheese rind, cremini mushroom, fresh apples, hay and clover honey with baker’s yeast hints. The light to medium-bodied palate begins minerally before fleshing out to honeyed fruits lifted by juicy acidity and finishing long and nutty. This took a long time to come around after being open, so give it more time in bottle or a long decant.”

91 Points Wine Spectator: “A refined style, with flavors of baked pear and apple pastry, showing citrusy hints. Spicy and juicy midpalate, offering touches of toffee on the finish. Drink now through 2023.”

91 Points James Suckling: “An attractive nose, showing fresh pears and grilled lemons with a light, smoky edge. The palate has a taut and juicy feel with pear-skin and peach flavors to close. Drink now.”


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