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Walter Hansel Rose of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2015

Winemaker's Notes:

WHWC Staff Notes: In 2014, Stephen Hansel made a rosé for the first time, and it really opened my eyes to Pinot Noir as a base for a rosé. Among rock-solid examples from Germany and California, they were some of the most intriguing pink wines of the summer, as they tend to display more delineated texture than most southern French bottlings. The vines in this section of Hansel's vineyard struggle to provide ripe enough fruit to go into a Pinot Noir blend, but they reach perfect ripeness for rosé. This year's effort is as good as last year's and is once again totally delicious. It is fresh and crisp with flavors of cantaloupe and a touch of strawberry. It made for a very nice drink on its own and a beautiful match to a roasted beet salad with goat cheese, toasted Marcona almonds, and arugula. The 2014 was limited in availability and was gone by early summer, so I'm sure most of you missed it. Well, here is your chance to try the new one. Only 282 cases were produced so don't delay, as it won't last long. - Tim Coles, 5/13/16

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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

WHWC Staff Notes: In 2014, Stephen Hansel made a rosé for the first time, and it really opened my eyes to Pinot Noir as a base for a rosé. Among rock-solid examples from Germany and California, they were some of the most intriguing pink wines of the summer, as they tend to display more delineated texture than most southern French bottlings. The vines in this section of Hansel's vineyard struggle to provide ripe enough fruit to go into a Pinot Noir blend, but they reach perfect ripeness for rosé. This year's effort is as good as last year's and is once again totally delicious. It is fresh and crisp with flavors of cantaloupe and a touch of strawberry. It made for a very nice drink on its own and a beautiful match to a roasted beet salad with goat cheese, toasted Marcona almonds, and arugula. The 2014 was limited in availability and was gone by early summer, so I'm sure most of you missed it. Well, here is your chance to try the new one. Only 282 cases were produced so don't delay, as it won't last long. - Tim Coles, 5/13/16

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