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93 pts – 2012 HANNA Reserve Alexander Valley Alchimie
Another beauty, it offers blueberry, black raspberry and cassis fruit in its exuberant personality along with beautiful purity, plenty of body and richness, and a heady finish. Purity, depth and ripeness make for a wine to drink now as well as over the next decade or more. This is a winner!

92 pts – 2012 HANNA Bismark Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (sold out)
An outstanding Cabernet, it is young and promising with plenty of blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with notions of incense, camphor and spring flowers. Full-bodies with sweet tannin, there is not a hard edge to be found in this concentrated, full-bodied, impressive Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s accessible enough to be drunk now if you like your fruit rather primary, but will age effortlessly for two decades.

91 pts – 2013 Elias Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
It boasts a surprisingly deep ruby/purple color, lots of spicy black cherry fruit, medium to full body, and lovely texture as well as length. It is another excellent wine from HANNA. Drink it over the next 5-6 years.

89 pts – 2012 Elias Russian River Valley Chardonnay
A beautiful Chardonnay, it offers buttery peach and pear as well as a hint of pineapple, hazelnut, discrete oak and a medium to full-bodied, Burgundian style. It should drink well for 4-5 years.

88+ pts – 2012 HANNA Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Exhibits deep blueberry and blackberry fruit, not a lot of complexity, but good density and richness. This medium to full-bodied Cabernet should age along the lines of the famous 1974 Chateau Souverain Vintage Selection that was one of my early picks for a best value wine that could stand the test of time. This 2012 should last 15-20 years.

 

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Double Gold – 2012 Elias Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Double Gold – 2013 HANNA Bismark Mountain Zinfandel
Gold – 2012 HANNA Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

The Press Democrat Wine of the Week

2013 HANNA Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc
This sauvignon Blanc has it all – a range of tasty flavors, bright acid and great balance. Note of guava, grapefruit and lime, with the right dose of spice. Nice finish. A smart buy.

2012 HANNA Bismark Mountain Zinfandel
In has a great range of flavors – raspberry, sage and a hint of vanilla. Milder than the big, honkin’ Zins on the market, this style is a welcome addition. It has ripe tannins, a seamless texture and a supple finish. Lovely.

2015 San Francisco Wine Competition Medal Winners

2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Medal Winners

Double Gold
2012 Elias Russian River Valley Chardonnay $48.00
2013 Bismark Mountain Zinfandel $62.00

Gold
2012 HANNA Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $40.00

Silver
2012 HANNA Reserve Alexander Valley Merlot $56.00
2012 Bismark Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon $60.00
2012 HANNA Reserve Alexander Valley Alchimie $60.00
2013 HANNA Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc $19.00
2013 HANNA Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $48.00

Bronze
2013 HANNA Russian River Valley Chardonnay $29.00
2012 HANNA Reserve Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $60.00
2012 HANNA Reserve Alexander Valley Malbec $54.00

2015 Robert Parker Results

93 Points 2012 HANNA Reserve Alexander Valley Alchimie

92 Points 2012 Bismark Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

91 Points 2013 Elias Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

89 Points 2012 Elias Russian River Valley Chardonnay

88+ Points 2012 HANNA Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Harvest Fair Results

Gold Medal- 2013 HANNA Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Retail $19
Vibrant straw-colored with a tinge of green. Guava, Rangpur lime and mineral aromas evolve into Passion Fruit, and Buddah’s Hand Citron, evoking images of nectarines and mid-summer hayride. Juicy yet crisp, with grapefruit, stone fruit, and guava flavors, and a spicy ginger finish.
100% Sauvignon Blanc. 30,000 cases produced

Silver Medal- 2012 HANNA Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Retail $46
Intense aromas of the Hanna rose garden, lavender and toasted croissant smothered in plum jam. It contains flavors of bitter sweet chocolate, Rainer cherry and toast. Bright and juicy in texture with fresh finish.
100% Pinot Noir. 530 cases produced

Silver Medal- 2012 HANNA Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Retail $40
Our 2012 Alexander Valley Cabernet is a saturated plum in color with aromas of black olive, clove, road side fennel, pain perdu and blueberry pancakes. In the mouth it is full, concentrated yet soft with chocolate and juicy blueberry flavors. At this tasting it is bright and fresh with a touch of youthful tannin on the finish.
78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Malbec, 8% Merlot. 4,412 cases produced

Bronze Medal- 2013 HANNA Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Retail $29
Our Hanna 2013 Chardonnay is a shimmering straw-gold color, with aromas of baked pear, seared pineapple, Cucurbit blossom, lime soup and nutmeg. Flavors are of apple, mango, peach and yeast. The texture is viscous and rich with a lively acidity to freshen the finish. 100% Chardonnay. 5,500 cases produced

The Winemaker Cooks

by Christine Hanna
Chronicle Books

Chris embodies the Sonoma Lifestyle, as she is a gourmet cook, cookbook author, wine enthusiast, gardener and entertainer. When asked about her life in Sonoma, Chris says, “When we craft our wines and prepare our meals with locally grown ingredients it makes for a memorable experience. And it is not about impressing people, it’s quite the opposite, it’s about making them feel comfortable.”

Harvest Began Today, August 6th, 2014

Harvest Began Today.

August 6th, 2014

This technique results in both delicious Rose and later- awesome Pinot. We remove crowded clusters, clusters on short shoots and laggard fruit. The green fruit goes on the ground. The colored fruit contributes finesse to our Rose. Our Pinot Noir is the penultimate beneficiary of this practice. Our customers are the ultimate beneficiary.

2014 Sunset International Wine Competition Results

2014 Sunset International Wine Competition Results

HANNA Winery & Vineyards takes Gold, Silver, and Bronze in the 2014 Sunset International Wine Competition

There was a response of 2,713 entries from the United States and around the world. The judging was held at Sunset’s campus on April 28 and 29, was conducted by 54 of the most respected wine experts in the West, led by honorary chairs Joel Peterson, founder and winemaker, Ravenswood; Tim Gaiser, MS, Former Education Director, Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas; and Sara Schneider, Sunset’s wine editor.

HANNA Winery & Vineyards won the following awards:

2010 Hanna Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Red Ranch $40.00 Gold
2012 Hanna Chardonnay Russian River Valley Estate Grown $29.00 Bronze
2013 Hanna Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley $19.00 Silver
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Wine & Spirits Magazine~HANNA Sauvignon Blanc 90 Points

Wine & Spirits Magazine-June 2014 Issue

90 Points Hanna 2013 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc (Best Buy Recognition)

This spritely sauvignon is completely refreshing, offering rays of passion fruit and Meyer lemon balanced against a coastal pea shoot greenness. Perfect for goat cheeses.