Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley the North Slope Vineyard 2010
93 points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): The 2010 Pinot Noir North Slope is a gorgeous wine laced with freshly cut flowers, spices, red berries and minerals. Saline notes are woven throughout, giving the wine its lift and vibrancy. The North Slope boasts gorgeous inner perfume and fabulous overall length. It will be interesting to see where this goes over the coming years. The future appears to be very bright. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022. (Feb 2012)
Big and lovely Russian River Pinot. Layers of dark fruit, allspice, stewed prunes, lively mouth watering acidity, a touch of smoke on the nose, chewy fine grained tannins and a fairly long finish.
External Reviews for Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley the North Slope Vineyard
Pure and juicy, with vivid, silk-textured blackberry and wild berry flavors, featuring fine-grained tannins that grip the flavors. Drink now through 2022.
Vivid ruby-red. High-pitched raspberry and floral aromas are complemented by notes of star anise, allspice and mace. Tangy acidity adds lift and cut to intense raspberry and cherry-vanilla flavors, which pick up a floral character on the back half. Lively and precise on the energetic finish, which lingers with excellent spicy persistence.
Bright red fruit and expressive floral aromatics jump from the glass in the 2010 Pinot Noir North Slope. Deeply spiced notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves follow, adding nuance. In the glass, it is amazing to see how different the Hansel Pinots are from each other. Layers of fruit build to an exuberant, flashy finish that is pure Russian River. Anticipated maturity: 2013–2020.