2016 Walter Hansel Cahill Lane

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    100% Chardonnay
  • ALCOHOL
    14.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • PRODUCTION
    1064 cases produced

94pts Wine Advocate: The 2016 Chardonnay Cahill Lane gives up loads of honeyed peaches and ripe apple notes with touches of nutmeg, baking bread and marzipan.  Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with layer upon layer of bread, nut and stone fruit flavors, suported by bright, refreshing acid and a creamy texture, finishing with fantastic length.

91pts Vinous: The 2016 Chardonnay Cahill Lane Vineyard is one of the more powerful, reticient wines in the range.  I will not be surprised if Steve Hansel waits a few years to release this, as the wine clearly needs time.  Even so, it is quite attractive today. 


Walter Hansel was a lifelong wine enthusiast who had the vision to plant his estate's original 250 vines in 1978. Today, Stephen, Walter's son, has taken up where his father left off, pursuing his vision of producing world-class Burgundian-styled Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, all from the Russian River Valley.

Steve Hansel's friend, famed winemaker Tom Rochioli, helped him in the early stages of his wine education by inviting him to work a couple of harvests at the Rochioli vineyards. Steve performed his first solo attempt in 1996 out of his garage.

At Walter Hansel Winery, the emphasis is on low yields (a miniscule range from 1.5 to 2.7 tons/acre) for greater complexity. Since all their grapes are grown on their own property, they can exercise strict control in the vineyards, which are planted with 5 Pinot and 5 Chardonnay clones. Each clone was chosen for its specific acid and flavor variations.

2016 Walter Hansel Cahill Lane

2016 Walter Hansel Cahill Lane
Chardonnay | Russian River Valley, CA NEW RELEASE!! 94pts WA | 91pts Vinous


$32.00
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WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    100% Chardonnay
  • ALCOHOL
    14.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • PRODUCTION
    1064 cases produced

94pts Wine Advocate: The 2016 Chardonnay Cahill Lane gives up loads of honeyed peaches and ripe apple notes with touches of nutmeg, baking bread and marzipan.  Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with layer upon layer of bread, nut and stone fruit flavors, suported by bright, refreshing acid and a creamy texture, finishing with fantastic length.

91pts Vinous: The 2016 Chardonnay Cahill Lane Vineyard is one of the more powerful, reticient wines in the range.  I will not be surprised if Steve Hansel waits a few years to release this, as the wine clearly needs time.  Even so, it is quite attractive today. 


Walter Hansel was a lifelong wine enthusiast who had the vision to plant his estate's original 250 vines in 1978. Today, Stephen, Walter's son, has taken up where his father left off, pursuing his vision of producing world-class Burgundian-styled Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, all from the Russian River Valley.

Steve Hansel's friend, famed winemaker Tom Rochioli, helped him in the early stages of his wine education by inviting him to work a couple of harvests at the Rochioli vineyards. Steve performed his first solo attempt in 1996 out of his garage.

At Walter Hansel Winery, the emphasis is on low yields (a miniscule range from 1.5 to 2.7 tons/acre) for greater complexity. Since all their grapes are grown on their own property, they can exercise strict control in the vineyards, which are planted with 5 Pinot and 5 Chardonnay clones. Each clone was chosen for its specific acid and flavor variations.