Located in the Sonoma Valley and founded in 1985 by world-renowned cardiac surgeon Dr. Elias Hanna to get back to his farming heritage, today is run by his daughter Christine. They own 600 acres of vines in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and the Mayacamas Mountains.

Their 2013 Estate Grown Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley is hand sorted at harvest and pressed whole cluster while still cold.  It is then racked into 60 gallon French oak barrels and fermented.

The wine was beautiful in color, slightly gold with lots of aromas coming out of the glass.  Hints of minerality, butter, pear, melon, and lemongrass.  I was looking forward to what I would taste.  Once on ,my palate the wine was so enjoyable and refreshing.  Flavors of soft pear, apple with a finish that had hints of lemon and soft buttery notes.

This wine retails for approximately $29.  Would be a great Chardonnay to serve at a business function.

**Disclaimer: I received this as a media sample.