2021 Walter Hansel Winery Chardonnay Estate$26.99
We can’t say enough things about the wines at Walter Hansel. These are some of the best spot-on examples of their terroir. Walter Hansel has done very well for himself; he owns several car dealerships in Northern California and a beautiful bistro. Wine, for him, is fun and meant to be enjoyed by all; that is why he believes in making it affordable despite what his accountants say. His philosophy is refreshing in a market where wines get more expensive every vintage. His 2021 Russian River Estate Chardonnay is flat-out gorgeous and is one of our top picks annually for best buys in Chardonnay. 2021 is among the best ever made at Walter Hansel, with an excellent well-deserving review from Antonio Galloni below. If Chardonnay is your go-to, we recommend checking this out.
Antonio Galloni 92 pts! The 2021 Estate Chardonnay is gorgeous. Bright and effusive, with tons of energy, 2021 is lights out. There is a feeling in 2021 that is palpable. All the elements are so well balanced. Hints of tangerine oil, mint and dried flowers, and chamomille open first, followed by a touch of reduction, and then bright mineral accents that pull it all together. The estate from Stephen Hansel's original vines is exquisite. The price is ridiculous.