August 28, 2010

1982 Hanzell Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Valley

I've written here before about Hanzell Wines and their amazing ability to age. Their Pinot Noirs have proven to be some of the longest lived from California and they quietly continue to produce world-class wines. My brother was in town a couple of weeks ago, and I treated him to a 1982 Hanzell Cabernet Sauvignon. 1982 was by no means and amazing year for Sonoma Cabernet; yet, as it has been said, good producers make good wines, regardless.

The 1982 was really quite stunning. The bottle, nearly 30 years on, was in perfect shape, as was the cork. The wine showed mature Cabernet fruit, along with some notes of leather and tobacco. To be honest, the wine tasted almost youthful thanks to the hint of acidity that is just hanging in. Really beautiful representation of classic California Cabernet flavors, textures, and body.

In a time, when big, sappy, overripe wines tend to to get big scored and cult followings, Hanzell remains a winery that makes and made classic wines to be treasured and remembered. I highly recommend you finding some...

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