Walter Hansel Winery Chardonnay Russian River Valley Cahill Lane 2005
The light gold-colored 2006 Chardonnay Cahill Lane exhibits a steely, stony nose intermixed with peach, pear, and brioche notes. It is medium to full-bodied, has terrific up-front fruit, decent acidity, and a plump, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. This is the most concentrated of the first three Chardonnays, but seems to be on a faster evolutionary track than any of the 2005s.Add winemaker's notes
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The light gold-colored 2006 Chardonnay Cahill Lane exhibits a steely, stony nose intermixed with peach, pear, and brioche notes. It is medium to full-bodied, has terrific up-front fruit, decent acidity, and a plump, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. This is the most concentrated of the first three Chardonnays, but seems to be on a faster evolutionary track than any of the 2005s.
Light, bright gold. Spicy citrus and pear on the nose, with suave minerality adding focus. Riper melon and tropical fruits on the palate. Silky in texture, with medium weight and a hint of white pepper that carries into the finish. The most fruity of this set of chardonnays, offering a very attractive blend of sweetness and energy.
One of the two final cuvees to be released from the 2006 Chardonnays is the Cahill Lane, which displays hazelnut, honeysuckle, some buttered brioche and creme caramel notes, good fruit, richness, and depth, but given its quickly evolving style, it needs to be drunk over the next 1-2 years. This is a source for very fine Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs at some of the most realistic prices to be found in Northern California.
The 2003 Chardonnay Cahill Lane exhibits crisp acidity along with orange rind, lemon oil, and buttered hazelnut characteristics reminiscent of a premier cru Meursault. With marvelous acidity, precision, and a long finish, it should drink well for 3-4 years.
The 2005 Chardonnay Cahill Lane Vineyard is a wine of impressive intensity. Notes of white peach, sweet corn, a touch of subtle oak, and some buttered citrus and orange blossom are all present in this complex Chardonnay, which is full-bodied, rich, and has the zesty acidity that all the 2005s seem to possess.
The spectacular 2001 Chardonnay Cahill Lane (750 cases) boasts knock-out aromas of citrus oils, white flowers, lemon butter, orange marmalade, and pineapple along with excellent texture, medium to full body, good underlying acidity, and a mouth-coating, refreshing, as well as impressively deep style. It should drink well for several years.
Similarly styled to the Estate with wonderful intensity, but tighter, more elegant as well as full-bodied, the 2005 Chardonnay Cahill Lane offers up hints of honeysuckle, pears, white peaches, currants, minerals, and toasty oak in the background. It will provide impressive drinking over the next 5-7 years. Kudos to Stephen Hansel for keeping prices so realistic.
Food Pairings for Walter Hansel Winery Chardonnay Russian River Valley Cahill Lane
Coconut Rice Sweet Potato Cheesecake
Spicy Salmon & Avocado Tower
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