Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley the North Slope Vineyard 2005
Bright burst of fruit up front. Long smooth finish with well balanced feel in the mouth. Really enjoyed this during thanksgiving.
I first visited Walter Hansel Winery in June, 2007. The vineyard manager, Jesse Torress, himself a gifted winemaker, led me on a tour of the shockingly small facility. I say shockingly small because a wine this big I expected to come with a big facility. Not so. I tasted some new wines in their kitchen and was bowled over. Big Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, especially the 2005 North Slope. To my delight the owner, Stephen Hansel, drove up. What a thrill to meet him at "his" place! Walter Hansel wines are my favorites, and I will never forget that day. If you like big, bold, and living wine, Hansel Winery is for you. The Pinot Noir I tasted (North Slope 2005) is dreamy, with spice, hints of oak and dark cherry, and a very smooth finish. The Chardonnay (same appelation and vintage) is what some might call the old fashioned Chard... creamy, buttery, oakey, but with light vanilla and earth tones. My cellar is NEVER without a Walter Hansel wine, and it never will be.
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley the North Slope Vineyard
A blockbuster Pinot, the 2005 Pinot Noir The North Slope boasts deep, sweet, jammy black cherry notes interwoven with crushed rocks, flowers, and underbrush (or is it peat moss?). Medium to full-bodied, with excellent acidity, elegance, and purity as well as a savory mouthfeel, this terrific effort will provide immense pleasure between 2008-2015. Kudos to Stephen Hansel for keeping prices so realistic.
Pommard clone 115 grown in clay/gravel soil. 75% new oak, 25% 1 year old oak. A dark garnet core is circled by hints of pink on the rim. Blue fruits lead the nose followed by bold violet aromas. This is a beautiful soft, fruity nose with light vanill... Mike Supple. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2005 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir North Slope 750ml