Walter Hansel Cahill Lane Chardonnay 2015
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley|
Wine AdvocateThe 2015 season resulted in tiny clusters and small berries with production levels off by a minimum of 25%. The following 2015s will be bottled unfined and unfiltered. The 2015 Chardonnay Cahill Lane is made from 100% Old Wente clone and planted in one of the few areas of his vineyard that has adobe-clay soil intermixed with sandy Goldridge material. The yields tend to be relatively large, so Stephen Hansel crop-thinned by at least 30%. The result is a big, beautiful wine that reminds me of a Corton-Charlemagne. Plenty of deep, poached pear, white peach, nectarine, tangerine oil and caramelized citrus are all present in ths wine that shows virtually no oak, full body and loads of texture. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.
VinousThe 2014 Chardonnay Cahill Lane Vineyard emerges from a parcel planted exclusively with Wente clone Chardonnay. Deep, powerful and implosive, the 2014 possesses superb depth along with the buttery, tropical profile that is the signature of the Hansel Chardonnays.