The flagship wines from our Estate vineyards carry the iconic name Hanzell. The Hanzell Vineyards Chardonnay and Hanzell Vineyards Pinot Noir are always our best efforts to interpret this unique site into age-worthy, collectible wines
To reach this goal many difficult decisions are made throughout the winegrowing year. By design and by nature, we set very low crop levels in all of our vineyards and then follow the traditions that are well established for great vineyard management. At harvest, we hand sort and pick the fruit, sorting again cluster by cluster as it comes into the winery. We farm all of our vineyards, youthful or mature, with the same exacting standards. For our flagship Hanzell wines, the average vine age is over thirty years old, and this is no doubt a major contributing factor to their longevity and age-worthiness.
After the wine is in barrel and aged appropriately, we come together to taste each and every barrel lot; with the Winemaker finalizing the blend for each wine. If a barrel or barrel lot is not up to the rigorous standards of the Hanzell style, it is not classified into the final Hanzell blend.