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Walter Hansel Pinot Noir Russian River Valley North Slope 2013

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94 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2013 Pinot Noir North Slope is a bit more lifted and aromatic than the South Slope. Today, the flavors are bright and precise, but there is little in the way of flavor complexity. That will come with time. Instead, it is the wine's nuance and textural finesse that are showing at this stage. Crushed flowers, mint and sweet red berries are laced into the super-expressive finish. There is a lot to like. Drink: 2016-2024. (Jan 2015)

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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

94 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2013 Pinot Noir North Slope is a bit more lifted and aromatic than the South Slope. Today, the flavors are bright and precise, but there is little in the way of flavor complexity. That will come with time. Instead, it is the wine's nuance and textural finesse that are showing at this stage. Crushed flowers, mint and sweet red berries are laced into the super-expressive finish. There is a lot to like. Drink: 2016-2024. (Jan 2015)

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