*Editors' Choice* Massive, complex, with amazing depth, an opulent, voluptuous wine of tremendous power and authority. It's so beautiful now, you almost hesitate to cellar it, but these Hanzell Chards are built for the long haul. Positively volcanic in tropical fruit and toasty new oak, with a honeyed, caramel finish. Absolutely stunning.
The Hanzell Vineyard, 800 feet up the Mayacamas Mountains above the town of Sonoma, has a direct view to the San Pablo Bay. It's a prime spot for Chardonnay, as this '04 attests, a wine full of supple pear flavors that drive the initial aromas and the finish. Oak supports that fruit, in a refined structure that brings scents of beeswax and almond tart. An antique style of Chardonnay to cellar or to serve with poulet de Bresse.
Shows terrific aromas, serving up a beam of citrus infused pear, apple and melon fruit, enlivened by firm acidity. The finish sails on, revealing a tight band of fruit. Very impressive. This is a wine with a track record for aging. (JL)
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