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Walter Hansel Winery Chardonnay Russian River Valley Cahill Lane 2005

External Review by Prestige Wine & Spirits:

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.

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Walter Hansel Winery:
Walter Hansel Winery is located in Sonoma County at the southern tip of the Russian River Valley near the Sebastopol hills. It is bordered to the north by the Santa Rosa Creek and to the west by a tributary of the Russian River known as the Laguna de Santa Rosa. This location is ideal for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as the nights and mornings are cooled by coastal fog yet the mid-days war... Read more
Walter Hansel Winery is located in Sonoma County at the southern tip of the Russian River Valley near the Sebastopol hills. It is bordered to the north by the Santa Rosa Creek and to the west by a tributary of the Russian River known as the Laguna de Santa Rosa. This location is ideal for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as the nights and mornings are cooled by coastal fog yet the mid-days warm up to perfect grape ripening temperatures. Temperature swings of 40 degrees are very common. Read less
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External Reviews for Walter Hansel Winery Chardonnay Russian River Valley Cahill Lane

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


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