2009 Walter Hansel "South Slope Vineyard" Pinot Noir

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Walter Hansel Winery farms 80 acres of grapes and produces roughly 5,000 cases of Pinot Noir; 5,500 cases of Chardonnay; and 1,500 cases of Sauvignon Blanc.

The 2009 Pinot Noir The South Slope comes from the highest elevation parcel owned by Hansel, a 7-acre sector planted with Dijon Clone 777. It's a really great example of the sheer quality of some of the top Pinot producers in the Russian River Valley.

On the nose I get aromas of fresh raspberry perserves, baking spices, red cherry, rose petal, toasted graham cracker, pine resin, and hints of forest floor. The fruit is very prominet and deliniated on the nose....

On the palate the wine is intense and extremely voluptous, showing flavors of ripe cherry and raspberry, baking spices, and hints of toasted oak. This wine has incredible fruit purity and a deliciousness that can only be found in the best Pinot's from California's north coastal vineyard sites. The wine finishes extremely long and delicious and expresses a very ripe tannin structure and bright red fruit flavors. 93 points


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