2007 Walter Hansel "North Slope" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir SKU #1057867

Price: $39.99

RP 92-94 ST 92
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Tasting Notes

(92-94) points from Robert Parker: "From cool-climate soils, the 2007 Pinot Noir North Slope (Dijon clone 115 exclusively) is another admirable Pinot Noir. Notes of root vegetables, underbrush, clove, cinnamon, and oodles of black cherry and black currant fruit are present in this dark ruby/purple-tinged wine. Good acidity, full-bodied power, and plenty of concentration and depth characterize this very promising Pinot, which should evolve for at least a decade." (Dec. 2008) 92 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red. Strikingly fresh red and dark berry scents are complicated by sexy Asian spices and flowers. The palate offers lively strawberry and black raspberry flavors, silky texture and a late note of candied rose. Finishes sweet, focused and very long, with the spice note repeating." (May/June '09)

Staff Reviews

  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    6/22/2010
    K&L Staff Member
    There are just some things that you can count on in the wine business. There is always going to be more than one vintage of the decade in Bordeaux, any wine will be long sold out before it gets 100 points, and Walter Hansel will always produce one of the most delicious and affordable Pinots from Russian River Valley. The 2008 North Slope is no exception to that rule with wonderfully oaken framed red fruits on the nose and a sappy/juicy nature on the palate. This oozes fruit yet seems somehow refined. Plenty drinkable now this is going to be great with a high grade cheeseburger or seared Ahi.

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