Walter Hansel The Meadows Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2016


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Whole-cluster pressed into 40% new Seguin Moreau barrels. 100% malolactic fermented with lees stirring once weekly for 8 weeks


Aged for 10 months in 40% new French oak


The Meadows is the lowest point in the Hansel Estate Vineyard and is directly adjacent to the Santa Rosa Creek. It is always the last to section of the vineyard to be harvested and has naturally low yields.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 94 points
The 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 the Meadows Vineyard is in the northern part of the Hansel estate and at their lowest elevation as it is a meadow next to Santa Rosa Creek. Again, this is dry-farmed and planted with 100% Hanzell clones. Yields are always low and this Chardonnay offers up a light-gold color, concentrated notes of honeysuckle, baked apple pie, cinnamon and plenty of spice in a medium to full-bodied, refreshing, zesty style. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. 91-94 points