White Wine, Vintage 2005
VinTank Wine ID
840-0125-002839-01-2005-1-0001 (permalink, short)
Bottle 750mL (750mL)
VinTank Product ID: 840-0125-002839-01-2005-1-0001-03-9 Suggested Retail Price:
US $70.00 sold out
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In the spring of 2005 we received more rain than usual. Damp soils combined with June warmth encouraged
many secondary buds to push in addition to the primary buds. When a vintage un-balances the vines as
happened in 2005 it becomes our responsibility to cultivate balance through viticultural practices. We shootthinned
and leaf-pulled our way through June, July and even into August and it seemed that we only achieved
the balance required for quality moments before harvest.
Harvest itself was leisurely due to a very mild September. We didn’t see direct sunshine except for one or
two days over the course of several weeks as persistent fog lingered into the fall. Usually a hot and dry spell
in early September dictates the harvest decision; delicious grapes today or raisins tomorrow. However, in
2005 the weather graciously declined to force our hand and permitted us to harvest grapes at our leisure and
a little later than usual.
as winemaker. Bob’s techniques are not typical, and as this was my first vintage making the wine, I was
curious to learn how Hanzell Chardonnay distinguishes itself in the company of other California Chardonnays.
Hanzell’s recipe is unique: grapes are crushed before pressing, fermentation occurs in tank rather than
barrel, new oak barrels are used only moderately, and malo-lactic fermentation is largely suppressed. The
winemaking is so traditional as to be, in an odd way, iconoclast and new. Stylish Chardonnays created for
exuberant ripeness, buttery richness and dominant oaky flavor do not allow a sense of place to show. The
Hanzell recipe honors a lighter winemaking touch and permits clarity of expression. The wine is about place
rather than ingredients. The winemaking is traditional, but intentional. less
Glistening and bright with citrus peel (mostly grapefruit) and bread dough aromas of yeast
and wet flour. Subtle flower aromas lift the pear and apple scent and the honeyed, oily
richness that develops with bottle age is just beginning to emerge upon the wine’s release.