An estate blend, sourced from thirty-two acres of our Ambassador’s 1953, Day, de Brye, Ramos & Zellerbach vineyard blocks all on rocky volcanic and clay-loam soils. Wente and Hanzell clones are planted primarily on St. George rootstock with an average vine age of thirty-five years.
We occasionally offer special Estate Single Vineyard Chardonnays from small enclaves within our esteemed Chardonnay vineyards.
Since our first vintage in 1957, we have learned that the wines produced from our estate tend to offer consistent flavor profiles and development year over year. This Drinking Window illustration provides visual flavor profiles and is intended to help guide your decisions on when to open and drink one of our wines or hold them for the future. We encourage you to try our wines while young and through all the stages of evolution to find your own Hanzell “sweet spot”. This time period will be different for everyone but will remain fairly constant vintage to vintage.