2014 Walter Hansel Estate Chardonnay Russian River ValleyChardonnay from United States
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"All of our wines are Estate grown but this selection benefits from all of our vineyard sites; it does have, however, consist of a high percentage of the original plantings fro...
- 91 Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 91 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
91 Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"This outstanding Chardonnay that sells for a song. Notes of orange marmalade, honeysuckle and lemon oil jump from the glass of this crisp, light-straw, medium-bodied wine with outstanding concentration and density. This is a beauty that sees plenty of oak, but the wood is hidden because of the richness of the fruit. It should drink well for 3-4 years."
91 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
"Hansel's 2014 Chardonnay The Estate Vineyard is arguably the single best value in California Chardonnay. Bright, focused and delineated, the 2014 shows all the energy of the vintage along with the richness that is typical of Russian River Chardonnay. Proprietor Stephen Hansel has made a decision to price this wine to be accessible to young consumers. He has done that, and so much more. If I had to recommend one affordable California to buy by the case or to serve as a house pour, this would be it. "
"All of our wines are Estate grown but this selection benefits from all of our vineyard sites; it does have, however, consist of a high percentage of the original plantings from 1976 and 1989. Large berries and clusters contribute to its great acidity and depth." -Winery
"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.
All of Steve's fruit is hand-harvested, and it is re-examined again at the winery. Hansel makes an average of 9 total passes through each vineyard. Each pass is time consuming and expensive but Stephen feels the vine rewards him with more concentrated flavors. The winery uses only natural yeast during fermentation. Fining and filtration are minimal. The Pinots are held on the lees without racking for 12 months. The Chardonnays are whole cluster fermented and gently pressed to extract the juice. The cooperage varies from year-to-year, cuvée-to-cuvée, but none of the wine is aged on entirely new oak. One- and two-year-old barrels are always employed." -Importer
91 - Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
91 - Antonio Galloni - Vinous
|Features||Organic and Biodynamic|
|Taste||apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla|
|Nose||apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla|