Walter Hansel Cahill Lane Chardonnay 2015
In Hansel’s 2015 Cahill Lane, the oak influence is an accent rather than a dominant characteristic, lending a subtle warm spice note to a wine otherwise driven by bright fruit and florals. In the glass, it’s a luminous yellow-gold with straw and silver reflections, reminiscent of some of the more luxurious produce of the Côte de Beaune: aromas of yellow apple, pear, white peach, citrus peel, fresh cream, raw hazelnut, and white flowers. Nearly full-bodied and lushly textured, its considerable palate weight is leavened by a refreshing wave of freshness and delicate minerals that cleanse the palate and leaves the finish with delicate savory nuances akin to serious Burgundy.
|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.