We opted to share a “Reserve” tasting and tried the:2009 Sauvignon Blanc – This was the only white wine we tasted at Hanna. It was very fresh and crisp.
2008 Pinot Noir, $35 – The Russian River Valley tasting room is actually in the Hanna Pinot Noir vineyard, making it the rather perfect place to try it. We found this Pinot Noir had a rather big taste with a clean finish after a burst of cherry.
2004 Bismark Mountain Cabernet, $52 – Grown in the highest spot in Sonoma County, the poor soil and altitude combine to give this Cabernet a sharpness and a bold taste. Unfortunately it wasn’t one we liked.
2005 Sonoma Valley Syrah – This had quite the bite and an aftertaste that we didn’t enjoy.
2003 Syrah – We found it fruitier than the 2005 Syrah. It should have about a year left.
Titan, $58 – This was our favorite of all the wines we tried at Hanna. It’s a Bordeaux blend with the exact percentages of different wines varying every year. Aged in oak, it has definite chocolate with a smooth, mellow finish.
2006 Bismark Mountain Zinfandel, $52 – Not as juicy/jammy as we’d like. They did pair it with chocolate, which was a pleasant treat.
Nice post I have yet to make it to wine country. I have read a lot about the wine tasting in CA and would love to visit.