Like sitting front-and-center at the grand opera, and instead of strings, woodwinds and percussions vibrating throughout, penetrating flavors permeate your palate, hitting every note along the way with perfect clarity.
Consistently rated in the mid 90’s, and with each performance like a sold-out performance, and yet the ticket price has remained almost unchanged over the past decade.
PINOT NOIR & CHARDONNAY
2014 CUVEE ALYCE & CAHILL LANE
Walter Hansel voices the best of the Russian River Valley. Robert Parker writes that they’re “… consistently terrific wines… realistically priced… consumers couldn’t have a better friend than proprietor Stephen Hansel.”
Originating from famous clones, strategically planted to specific areas of Walter Hansel’s Estate Vineyard, the 2014’s are hitting the high notes that you wouldn’t think possible at this price level.
$39.99 per bottle
From Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, “The top Chardonnay every year is named after Stephen Hansel’s mother. The 2014 Chardonnay Cuvée Alyce is a field blend of a Hyde and Hudson Old Wente. This vineyard always produces the smallest clusters and tiniest berries and, hence, the richest offering. It’s a stunner in 2014, with a light straw/gold color and terrific notes of pineapple, white peach, honeysuckle and citrus oil. Full-bodied and rich with great acidity, beautiful purity and subtle oak, this is a stunner to drink over the next 7-10 years…”
2014 PINOT NOIR
$39.99 per bottle
From Antonio Galloni’s Vinous, “The 2014 Pinot Noir Cahill Lane Vineyard is deep, pliant and explosive. The 2014 is defined by its striking aromatics, lovely inner perfume and sheer concentration. Violets, lavender, mint, spice and plum meld into the juicy, inviting finish…”
From Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, “…This wine exhibits lovely pomegranate, black cherry and black raspberry fruit, a deep, pure medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, light tannin and good acidity. This is a beautiful, refreshing and complex Pinot Noir. Drink 2017-2030…”