Walter Hansel The Meadows Vineyard 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 the Meadows Vineyard is in the northern part of the Hansel estate and at their lowest elevation as it is a meadow next to Santa Rosa Creek. Again, this is dry-farmed and planted with 100% Hanzell clones. Yields are always low and this Chardonnay offers up a light-gold color, concentrated notes of honeysuckle, baked apple pie, cinnamon and plenty of spice in a medium to full-bodied, refreshing, zesty style. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. This is an enviable winery run by Stephen Hansel with exceptionally high-quality Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs that he sells at modest prices, which speaks to his humility and commitment to serious wine consumers. There are more than 80 acres of estate, so it is not small, split evenly between Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. He breaks the cuvées down by their vineyard terroir/site.
VinousThe 2015 Chardonnay The Meadows is a deep, plush wine. A veil of reduction adds character and nuance without being overpowering. If opened young, I would give the 2015 a good bit of air first, as it is a touch reduced. Even so, there is good energy and plenty of personality. Lemon confit, chamomile and lightly buttery notes fill out the wine's mid-weight frame nicely.