100% Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley
  • SIZE
    799 cases produced

93pts Vinous: Lemon peel, white flowers, mint and tangerine give the 2016 Chardonnay The Meadows much of its aromatic breadth and overall presence.  In 2016, the Meadows is precise and elegant in every way. It should drink nicely with minimal cellaring.

92pts Wine Advocate: The 2016 Chardonnay The Meadows Vineyard is a little closed on the nose, revealing subtle notes of lime blossoms, grapefruit and fresh pears with wafts of jasmine and crushed stones.  Medium to full-bodied, the palate features super racy and wonderfuly intense citrus and mineral flavors, finishing on a compelling savory note.

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.


This is a new vineyard designated offering from 100% Hanzell Selection grown in a low land Meadow contiguous to the Santa Rosa Creek. It is dry farmed each year and requires extensive shoot and crop thinning each year due to the extreme fertile conditions. The result is the most fruit forward, with underlining tropical flavors, then any of our chardonnays.