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Walter Hansel Pinot Noir Russian River Valley North Slope Vyd 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

92+ points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): The 2011 Pinot Noir North Slope is delicate, sensual and totally beautiful from the very first taste. Here it is the wine's silkiness that stands out most. Sweet red berries, flowers and mint all flow through to the finish. This is a decidedly restrained version of the North Slope. Crushed flowers, tobacco and plums add complexity on the finish. My overall impression is that the 2011 will be an early drinker because of its modest structure, especially vis-a-vis the 2010. At the same time, it is impossible to miss the wine's energy. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2017. (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

92+ points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): The 2011 Pinot Noir North Slope is delicate, sensual and totally beautiful from the very first taste. Here it is the wine's silkiness that stands out most. Sweet red berries, flowers and mint all flow through to the finish. This is a decidedly restrained version of the North Slope. Crushed flowers, tobacco and plums add complexity on the finish. My overall impression is that the 2011 will be an early drinker because of its modest structure, especially vis-a-vis the 2010. At the same time, it is impossible to miss the wine's energy. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2017. (Apr 2013)

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