Kanzler is still a winery floating below the radar, but that will chance soon!. As you might know Kosta Browne received Top Honors a few yeas ago WINE OF THE YEAR in the Top 100 of Wine Spectator with their Pinot Noir, and the fruit was sourced from…. You guessed it KANLZER! That said, the Kanzler folks are not walking in the clouds after that review but have been acknowledged as one of the best growers of Pinot Noir & Chardonnay in California. Their latest bottling is truly amazing and a fraction the cost of Kosta Browne!
Kanzler 2017 Chardonnay “Walker Station” Russian River Valley
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The wine opens with complex aromatics of meyer lemon, flint, lotus flower and hazelnut accented by fruitier tones of papaya, honeydew melon and yellow peach; with a touch of powdered nutmeg around the edges. Vivid but soft acidity carries the wine through the palate with nuanced fruit flavors of Bartlett pear and coconut oil. The finish clamps down with soft oak tannin and fresh acidity for a lingering, fresh finish. Refreshing, classic chardonnay with complex aromatics and a structure built for the cellar.
Winery Notes: “The Walker Station Chardonnay builds on the success of our 2015 inaugural vintage. The fruit from this site really harkens back to an old world style of chardonnay featuring crisp flavors, fresh acidity and the distinct round, smooth and nuanced textures that have made chardonnay the principle white wine grape of the world. The 2016 was fermented in large format oak barrels (450 liters instead of 225 liters) allowing it to use more new oak but with better integration of oak in the finished wine. This wine is young, taunt and vibrant and the flavors take a while to unfold so swirl it extensively in the glass and the wine will continue to develop as it aerates and warms from refrigerator or cellar temperature. Additionally, with the bold acid profile and quality fruit, this is a wine that should gain in the cellar for the next 5-7 years.”
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