Walter Hansel

North Slope Vineyard Pinot Noir

Russian River Valley
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WAL-ter HANS-el NORTH Slope VIN-yard Pee-NO NWAR
Pinot Noir
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Black Cherry Black Cherry
Cola Cola
Leather Leather
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Balance & Finesse 2 Rich & Full 2 Light & Bright 2 Smooth & Silky 2 Round & Fleshy 1 Tone & Backbone 2 Powerful & Extracted 2 Bright & Crisp 2
Round & Fleshy
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This is a predominantly Round & Fleshy wine, but it shares structural nuances of Tone & Backbone as described in the tasting note below.

Tasting Notes
Straddling Round and Fleshy and Tone and Backbone, this North Slope Pinot has gobs of generous black and red fruit, along with complex notes of violet, mineral, and cola.
Dark Ruby Red
Pinot Noir
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Why this wine made the cut…
Melds a fruit forward and delicious wine with complexity and layers.
Russian River Valley, California
Pinot Noir
100% Pee-NO NWAR
Pinot Noir is arguably the most revered grape variety in the world with origins in Burgundy, France where the best expressions can still be found. Pinot Noir is not only a tough grape to grow, it also shows miniscule differences in terroir arguably more than any other grape variety. Stylistically, it is generally higher in acid and lower in tannin but can vary depending on the location, and winemaking technique. It is very versatile with food, and shows a range of flavor from red and black fruit, floral, spice, earth, and mineral qualities.
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Russian River Valley
Walter Hansel
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Walter Hansel

Russian river valley

Stephen Hansel was tutored by Tom Rochioli when making his first wines in the family barn. He transformed a working farm led by his father, Walter Hansel, into an estate winery with 80 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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Despite the size of the estate, the estate harvests by hand, making 18 passes through the vineyard during the growing season and adjusting as they go based on the vicissitudes of Mother Nature, who helps to dictate their style of wine, perennially of high quality. 

The cool fog in the evenings and the warm days of the Russian River Valley allow for a long ripening season and grapes of intense flavor and good acidity.