Walter Hansel Cahill Lane Chardonnay 2017 750ml - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake

Walter Hansel Cahill Lane Chardonnay 2017

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Walter Hansel Cahill Lane Chardonnay 2017 750ml
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SKU 13794



Walter Hansel was a lifelong wine enthusiast who had the vision to plant his estate's original 250 vines in 1978. Today, Stephen, Walter's son, has taken up where his father left off, pursuing his vision of producing world-class Burgundian-styled Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, all from the Russian River Valley. Steve Hansel's friend, famed winemaker Tom Rochioli, helped him in the early stages of his wine education by inviting him to work a couple of harvests at the Rochioli vineyards. Steve performed his first solo attempt in 1996 out of his garage.

At Walter Hansel Winery, the emphasis is on low yields (a miniscule range for most California wines from 1.5 to 2.7 tons/acre) for greater complexity. Since all their grapes are grown on their own property, they can exercise strict control in the vineyards, which are planted with 5 Pinot and 5 Chardonnay clones. Each clone was chosen for its specific acid and flavor variations. All of Steve's fruit is hand-harvested, and it is re-examined again at the winery. Hansel makes an average of 9 total passes through each vineyard. Each pass is time consuming and expensive but Stephen feels the vine rewards him with more concentrated flavors. 

The winery uses only natural yeast during fermentation. Fining and filtration are minimal. The Pinots are held on the lees without racking for 12 months. The Chardonnays are whole cluster fermented and gently pressed to extract the juice. The cooperage varies from year-to-year, cuvée-to-cuvée, but none of the wine is aged on entirely new oak. One- and two-year-old barrels are always employed.  

Category White Wine
Region California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
Brand Walter Hansel
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
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VinousThe 2017 Chardonnay Cahill Lane Vineyard is a rich, unctuous wine that shows all of the natural concentration of the year. Apricot, butter, spice, orange peel and touch of reduction give the 2017 Cahill Lane its extroverted personality. This exuberant, inviting Chardonnay will drink well right out of the gate. This has so much character.

Antonio Galloni, April 2020
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Wine AdvocateThe 2017 Chardonnay Cahill Lane, from Wente clone vines, features white peach, Bosc pear, gunflint hints and rocky notes with toasty and citrus character. The palate is light to medium-bodied and lightly creamy in texture with concentrated citrus fruits, juicy freshness and a long, saline finish. This feels a bit closed down at the moment.

Erin Brooks, December 19, 2019