1976 Hanzell Pinot Noir and the amazing experience it was to drink a California pinot that tasted great at 33 years of age. I should probably stop being surprised by the great showings of older Hanzell wines. Hanzell Vineyards was founded by Ambassador James D. Zellerbach, in the 1950s. The Ambassador's ambition was to create a small vineyard and winery dedicated to the best traditions of Grand Cru Burgundy: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay of extraordinary quality and great longevity. Hanzell's wines have proven to stand the test of time, many drinking well for 30+ years.
This week I was wowed again by an older Hanzell Pinot, this time, it was the 1980. Got together with The Legend and Eat It Atlanta for some wines and food, and this Hanzell was on of the bottles opened. We also opened a 1990 Vouvray, more details on that later. This 1980 Hanzell was really full of life and still holding strong. A really tasty drink and a treat to drink a California Pinot with this much age.
It's always fun, too, when the wine being drunk is older than some of the drinkers at the table.