2012 Hanzell Chardonnay


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  • Sonoma County
  • Sonoma Valley

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  • brasstab wrote: 88 points

    February 15, 2020 - Wanted to love it. Didn’t. Neither fish nor fowl. Never came out of its shell. Perhaps a bad window.



  • oldwines commented:

    2/16/20, 8:55 AM - In my experience Hanzell Chards need to be decanted. A couple hours of air actually makes a huge difference. If you visit the winery they decant it 2 hours before your tasting. Then drink at cellar temperature or slightly higher, not colder. I think you will have a better experience that way. Cheers!

    “oldwines” aka Dave

  • brasstab commented:

    2/16/20, 9:35 AM - Thanks, Dave! Yes, I have been to the winery, but didn’t think a ‘12 would need the decant. I shall try it on the next one and be back with a full report haha. Thanks again

  • oldwines commented:

    2/16/20, 10:09 AM - I do find that Hanzell and Mount Eden Chards (I love both) almost always show better with a decant. Hanzell especially will be tight and closed without it many times. I think the more age-worthy the chard, the more this is true. Cheers!

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