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2006 Hanzell Vineyards Pinot Noir "Estate"

Hanzell 2006 Pinot Noir

Winery: Hanzell Vineyards

Vintage: 2006

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Estate"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Sonoma Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $95

Cases produced: 2,000

KWG Score: 91.5 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: March 12, 2010

Wine Review: This light ruby colored Pinot from Hanzell opens with a mild strawberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, soft, and very approachable. The flavor profile is a mild blend black raspberry and strawberry. There is also a touch of oak, spice, and black pepper mixed in. The finish is dry and its very fine tannins are subtle. This Pinot is very elegant and did pair well quite with the sushi grade yellow fin tuna tartar. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Blackberry, strawberry compote and blueberry pie give this vintage a very prominent fruit character, but there is the darkness of tea leaf, humid forest, and a feral quality, like the fur of an animal or the nape of a neck. Clove and cardamom are warm spice notes that give the impression of sweetness to balance the firm presence of ripe tannins.

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