**Cellar Selection** The ripeness of this wine stands out. The cherry flavors even have a slightly raisined edge. The wine is also fairly tannic. Additional flavor nuances include tangerine zest, wild raspberry, red currants and white pepper. This is a great Hanzell. Give it until 2010, and it should develop interesting bottle complexities for many years.
Medium-deep red. Complex aromas of red plum, raspberry, incense and briary spices. Round, broad and seamless in texture; a bit youthfully tight but opened with air to show raspberry and smoke flavors and an attractive restrained sweetness. Finishes with sweet, dusty tannins and very good length. I like the combination of smoky earth tones and building raspberry sweetness. (ST)
Notably earthy in a pleasant way, with mineral, pebble, sage and dried currant flavors that are compact and focused, yet long and persistent on the finish. Best from 2009 through 2017. 1,273 cases made. (JL)
The medium dark ruby-colored 2005 Pinot Noir exhibits scents of pomegranate, underbrush, earth, spice, and sweet cherries. Although there are some austere tannins as well as a bit of tightness, there is enough concentration to support the wine’s structure. Give this 2005 1-2 more years of bottle age, and consume it over the following 10-12+ years. (RP)
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