Ambassador James D. Zellerbach founded Hanzell Vineyards in 1953 with a vision to create wines that could compete on the world stage. Named after his wife Hana, Hanzell sits at the southern toe of the Mayacamas mountain range overlooking the south-western end of Sonoma Valley and San Pablo Bay. After extensive time spent in Burgundy, Zellerbach returned inspired and educated by the region's wines and grapes--Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. He then planted these two varieties at a time when there were less than a few hundred acres of each planted in North America. Since 1975, Hanzell has been solely owned by the de Brye family, who is dedicated to the preservation of tradition with a progressive and holistic approach which will ensure the sustainability for generations to come.
Vinous Media 94 "The 2016 Chardonnay Sebella is bigger and richer than the straight Chardonnay, but not that much more materially complex. Citrus, floral and mineral notes get an extra kick of intensity in Hanzell's flagship Chardonnay bottling. Both wines are gorgeous and well worth checking out.
Wine Enthusiast 92"Lots of fresh, zingy acidity in this dry, young Chardonnay, and the steely minerality gives it a tang of cold metal. There are tantalizing hints of ripe citrus fruit and apricots. Give it 45 years in the cellar to come around." ~S.H.
Wine Spectator 90"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."
Wine Spectator 92 "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. Drink now through 2013. 4,200 cases made. –JL"