2006 Walter Hansel "South Slope Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir SKU #1044727

Price: $35.99

ST 91
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Tasting Notes

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red. Spicy dark berries, licorice and pungent herbs on the nose. Bright strawberry and raspberry on the palate, with a suave undertone of floral pastilles. Gains energy and focus with air and finishes with good mineral cut and admirable persistence." (May/June '09) From Robert Parker: "This is a source for very fine Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs at some of the most realistic prices to be found in Northern California. Like several producers in the Russian River, the 2006s out of bottle from Walter Hansel Winery seem to be evolving quickly and, by-and-large, are slightly less impressive than they were at the beginning of their lives. Nevertheless, the good producers have achieved noteworthy success in this vintage, and certainly Stephen Hansel should be proud of what he’s been able to accomplish in that vintage. Moreover, the 2007s look to be a return to the brilliant quality of the wines produced here in 2005 and 2004. Tasting through barrel samples of all the 2007 Pinot Noirs, this looks to be a superb vintage for Stephen Hansel. Yields were very small, averaging about 1.5 tons of fruit per acre, so these wines reflect a level of concentration, but with the overt fragrance and good acidity that the cool growing season provided." (120/08)


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