From the press...

While we believe one cannot live or die by the press, it is certainly rewarding to have acclaimed wine writers acknowledge one’s efforts. We are delighted to highlight these publications which have honored us with their recognition.

Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines 2013 SF Chronicle
SF Chronicle Wine & Spirits Top 100 Wines 2011
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Wine Enthusiast

May, 2011

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SF Chronicle

December, 2010

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Food & Wine

October, 2010

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Wine & Spirits

September, 2010

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Wine & Spirits

October, 2010

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SF Chronicle

July, 2010

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Dining Out – San Diego

June, 2010

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PinotFile

May, 2010

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Wine Spectator

June, 2010

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Leader's Magazine

January, February, March 2010

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Sonoma Magazine

Fall 2011

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SF Chronicle

November, 2011

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SF Chronicle
Top 100 Wines

December, 2011

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Wine Enthusiast

December, 2011

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Wine Enthusiast

August, 2012

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Wine Enthusiast

July, 2012

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Wine Spectator

June, 2012

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Wine Spectator

April, 2012

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SF Chronicle

December, 2012

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Wine & Spirits

April, 2013

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Wine Spectato

April, 2013

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Wine Enthusiast

March, 2013

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Wine Enthusiast Magazine

December, 2013

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SF Chronicle

December, 2013

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Food & Wine

December, 2013

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Wine & Spirit

December, 2013

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From the people...

The friends of Hanzell Vineyards mean the world to us, and we are honored to share the following quotes from them regarding our work, our story and our wines. View more on Yelp or Cellar Tracker.

“For a special commemoration in January of 2011, we wanted a bottle of Hanzell from the early 70’s, and assumed only a red wine would stand the test of time.The 1970 Pinot Noir was magnificent, showing complex flavors that evolved wonderfully during hours of decanting and tasting. Our surprise came a few months later when we experienced what we call “California Chardonnay 'avant la lèttre.' Hanzell’s 1970 Chardonnay forever changed our understanding of what white wine can be.”

Elisa Smith & Alex Harding

Ambassador Circle Members

“Hanzell is an icon of California wine and inseparable from the history of American Pinot Noir and Chardonnay – and remains to this day, a benchmark for typicity and longevity.”

Geoff Kruth

Master Sommelier

“Hanzell founded in 1956, is one of the first wineries in California to be specifically devoted to Burgundian varieties, and has improbably made beautiful Pinot Noir wine that have stood the test of time.”

Jordan Mackay

Passion for Pinot

“If I had to choose only one winery from which I could purchase wines, there is not a second thought... Hanzell!”

Carol Gekakis

Ambassador Circle Member


“Old Hanzell Pinot Noirs from Sonoma. I sought these feverishly for years and years, and now I probably have all that I’ll need for the rest of my life. Once these wines hit 35 years old, they really start to strut.” *

Matt Straus

Heirloom Café

*Answering the question of the World’s Most Underappreciated Wine in Food & Wine Magazine

“California can stop looking for its Grand Cru Vineyards – Hanzell is it.”

Eugenio Jardim

Wine Director,
Jardiniere Restaurant

“...I was invited to visit Hanzell Vineyards in Sonoma. Not only was I impressed with the property, I was amazed to discover that California was making Chardonnay and Pinot Noir comparable to the great wines of Burgundy... One word of caution, to enjoy Hanzell, one needs to give them time to age.”

Henry Duvalsaint

Hanzell Collector since 1972