Vineyard: Ambassador's

OwnerAlexander de Brye
AppellationSonoma Valley
StoryPlanted in 1953, it is the oldest continuously producing vineyard of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the New World. Located on Sonoma Mountain as part of the 46-acre Hanzell vineyard property. The clones are reputedly Martin Ray (Pinot Noir) and definitely Wente (Chardonnay).
VarietiesChardonnay, Pinot Noir

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2003 Hanzell Ambassador’s 1953 Vineyard Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., 1,507 bottles. · Medium reddish-purple color with no bricking in the glass (unfiltered). Slight wet dog (Brettanomyces) aroma fades over time. Bouquet of an aged wine with scents of black cherry, briar and worn leather. Relatively fresh flavors of dark cherries, black raspberries, anise and spice with soft tannins in the background creating a creamy texture. The finish is striking for its tenacity. A remarkable ten-year-old wine that will go another ten years, but I would enjoy it for its purity of fruit now. Score: 90. Reviewed July 21, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »