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Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley the North Slope Vineyard 2005

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[91-93 pts Robert Parker] The North Slope reveals attractive berry fruit intermixed with earth smoke cherry flower spice and subtle wood notes. Fruit-forward and ripe it is ideal for drinking over the next 4-5 years.

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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

Member Reviews for Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley the North Slope Vineyard

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Snooth User: jkagel
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4.00 5
01/04/2009

Bright burst of fruit up front. Long smooth finish with well balanced feel in the mouth. Really enjoyed this during thanksgiving.


Snooth User: JaxWineGuy
340235
5.00 5
11/06/2007

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.


Snooth User: Harry Nag
1680783
4.50 5
04/20/2009

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley the North Slope Vineyard

External Review
Source: Epic Cellars
09/24/2010

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.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/14/2011

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



[91-93 pts Robert Parker] The North Slope reveals attractive berry fruit intermixed with earth smoke cherry flower spice and subtle wood notes. Fruit-forward and ripe it is ideal for drinking over the next 4-5 years.

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