Walter Hansel Cahill Lane Chardonnay 2017
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.
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley|
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.
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.