Robert Parker, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition & The Press Democrat Wine of the Week

 

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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.