Wine Thursday: Hanzell Sebella Chardonnay
posted on December 7th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas
For a wine of this caliber, this is the deal of the year for Chardonnay. Lifted floral aromas of orange blossom and honey suckle complement the pear, golden delicious apple, white peach, kumquat and pink grapefruit fruit aromas. The flavors on the palate echo the nose, with the addition of lemon zest and a slight tropical note. The entry on the palate is broad and rich, balanced by bright acidity, making this a great wine to serve at your holiday meal!
A little history – Industrialist James D. Zellerbach acquired the 200 acre Hanzell estate on the Mayacamas slopes above the town of Sonoma in 1948, and in 1952 he planted 2 acres of Pinot Noir and 4 acres of Chardonnay on the site. The Ambassador’s ambition was to create a small vineyard and winery dedicated to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Zellerbachs created the first vintage in 1957 and named their winery Hanzell, a contraction of Mrs. Hana Zellerbach’s name. Zellerbach hired Ralph Bradford Webb in 1956 to be his winemaker – Webb introduced four significant advances in enology that would subsequently be adopted by many other wineries, predicating consistency and quality for the entire industry – temperature controlled fermentation, the use of French Oak barrels, the practice of “blanketing” young wines in tank with inert gas and the practice of induced malolactic fermentation. The original 6 acre vineyard has grown to 42 acres today, allowing Hanzell to produce 6,000 cases annually: three-quarters Chardonnay and one-quarter Pinot Noir, retaining its identity as a very small winery dedicated to making the Burgundian varietals at the Grand Cru level.
Suggested Retail $39.99
For one week only, sale price is $19.99
Promo valid from December 6-12
All selections are 750ml unless otherwise noted. No rain checks. While Bristol Farms takes every effort to ensure adequate supply, all offerings are subject to availability.