The fruit was sourced from Hanna’s estate vineyard “Red Ranch” in Alexander Valley. It contains 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and a splash (1%) of Malbec. It was aged for 27 months in barrel, 60% of which was new oak
I loved it back in April, but I love it even more now! When I reviewed it back then I noticed lots of black fruit, vanilla and baking spices. The lush blackberry, black cherry and black currant are still there, but not in a big jammy way. The oak flavors have mellowed a lot. All of the flavors are harmonizing into a beautifully balanced and nicely complex wine. As if this wine isn’t good enough, the price makes it even better! I’ve been finding it at the $25 range, but it drinks like a $40 or $50 bottle. Now I just need to find a place where I can buy another case or two!
I have a few of the ’11, and it is starting to come into it’s own as well. I’m really looking forward to trying the ’12!
If you get to Sonoma check them out!
HANNA Winery has two tasting room locations. I first visited the winery at their Russian River Valley home. This is the original “Home Ranch” of HANNA Winery and is surrounded by their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyard. The tasting room is sweet and cozy, with a very friendly feel. They also have a picnic area outside where one can enjoy lunch and some Hanna wines.
My most recent visit to HANNA was at their Alexander Valley location, which is a completely different experience. This large tasting room sells lots of wine themed souvenirs and different condiments, but also offers lovely views of their “Red Ranch Vineyard” from the wrap-around deck. The best part is, they both pour (and offer for purchase) HANNA wines!