One of the staples of the Walter Hansel lineup, we typically offer the Chardonnay from this vineyard more often, but with 2018 being the classic Pinot Noir vintage that it is in the Russian River Valley, this was a must. Cahill Lane is a road that Walter built through his original property, with his son's building homes along the route. The Pinot Noir from Cahill lane is planted to three clones, 114, 115, and a Rochioli Pommard Clone, each planted on their own one-acre plots in 1989. These vines are very healthy and at their peak of production, and the Rochioli Pommard and 115 contribute red berry and cherry flavors. At the same time, the 114 adds a dimension of herbal flavors giving Cahill Lane an Old World character. 2018 ranks among the top vintage of this Pinot Noir and is an excellent example of this classic vintage at affordable pricing. Walter Hansel is always a great stop for textbook wines and friendly pricing, and the 2018 Cahill Pinot is highly recommended.
Antonio Galloni 93+ points! "The 2018 Pinot Noir Cahill Lane Vineyard is another stellar wine in this lineup. Here, too, I very much like the wine's energy and nuance. Ripe red/purplish fruit, blood orange and floral notes are wonderfully vivid. Medium in body and finely cut, the Cahill Lane is so enticing. In 2018, the Cahill Lane has an extra kick of citrus-infused acidity that gives cut and a closing burst of energy that is impossible to miss." (Drink between 2022-2030)
Wine Advocate (Erin Brooks) 93 points! "Medium ruby-purple, the 2018 Pinot Noir Cahill Lane is scented of smoked cranberries, tar and tobacco with nuances of citrus peel and potpourri. The light-bodied palate is silky, layered and seriously styled with a gentle grip, great freshness and long finish. 801 cases produced."