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Walter Hansel North Slope Chardonnay 2011
92+ points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): The 2011 Chardonnay North Slope is one of the most reticent wines in this lineup. There is quite a bit of density and richness in the fruit, but the wine still needs another 6-12 months to come together, which is not unusual for Hansel's Chardonnays. Today, the North Slope is mostly about potential, and there certainly seems to be plenty of that here. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. (Apr 2013)
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The 2010 Chardonnay North Slope is all about density and material. An imposing, powerful Chardonnay, the North Slope will appeal most to readers who like intense, buttery wines. Here too, I am amazed by the positive development the wine has had over the last year. Butterscotch, hazelnuts and spices are layered into the generous, inviting finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013–2018.
Vivid yellow. Lively, spice-accented aromas of tangerine, melon and white flowers, with toasty lees and sweet butter accents adding depth. Offers an array of citrus fruit and spice flavors, with suave honeysuckle and brioche nuances emerging with air. Lingers impressively on the finish, which shows nervy orange pith and ginger character.
The 2010 Chardonnay North Slope is laced with lemon, hazelnuts, spices and dried flowers. It shows good body and length in a medium-bodied, fairly restrained style that is quite appealing. Anticipated maturity: 2012–2018.
Green-tinged yellow. A complex, spicy bouquet displays scents of pear skin, orange, white flowers and smoky minerals. Pliant citrus and orchard fruit flavors show palate-staining depth and are sharpened by suave minerality and a touch of bitter lime pith. Plays richness off energy and finishes with impressive spicy and floral persistence.
Similar in style, the 2008 Chardonnay The North Slope comes from a slightly cooler site. The light straw color with a greenish hue is followed by abundant notes of quince, white currants, white peaches, and such honeyed tropical fruits as pineapples and oranges. It, too, will drink well for 7–8 years.
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