Walter Hansel North Slope Chardonnay 2011

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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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Walter Hansel Winery:
Walter Hansel Winery is located in Sonoma County at the southern tip of the Russian River Valley near the Sebastopol hills. It is bordered to the north by the Santa Rosa Creek and to the west by a tributary of the Russian River known as the Laguna de Santa Rosa. This location is ideal for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as the nights and mornings are cooled by coastal fog yet the mid-days war... Read more
Walter Hansel Winery is located in Sonoma County at the southern tip of the Russian River Valley near the Sebastopol hills. It is bordered to the north by the Santa Rosa Creek and to the west by a tributary of the Russian River known as the Laguna de Santa Rosa. This location is ideal for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as the nights and mornings are cooled by coastal fog yet the mid-days warm up to perfect grape ripening temperatures. Temperature swings of 40 degrees are very common. Read less

External Reviews for Walter Hansel North Slope Chardonnay

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 11/20/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 11/20/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 11/20/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2008 11/20/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2008 11/20/2013

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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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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