Walter Hansel Winery

The North Slope Vineyard Pinot Noir

9.242 ratings
9.17 pro ratings
Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Pinot Noir
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9.3

Stephen Hansel does little wrong.....Dijon Clone 115 (Bunches Destemmed before a 5 Day Cold Soak) -- Wine is Lifted & Graceful with Oak-Tinged Black Cherry, Rose & Raspberry on the Follow Through...

Stephen Hansel does little wrong.....Dijon Clone 115 (Bunches Destemmed before a 5 Day Cold Soak) -- Wine is Lifted & Graceful with Oak-Tinged Black Cherry, Rose & Raspberry on the Follow Through...

1 person found it helpfulSep 11th, 2015
William Schimmel

So good. Great nose. Some cherry and spice and a little vegetal in a good way. Perfect finish and crazy long. I'm sure this would still be good in a few years but I plan to drink all of mine really soon.

So good. Great nose. Some cherry and spice and a little vegetal in a good way. Perfect finish and crazy long. I'm sure this would still be good in a few years but I plan to drink all of mine really soon.

1 person found it helpfulMar 28th, 2015
Ryan Stewart

Ruby color with gorgeous aromas of cherry, cola, strawberry, raspberry, nutmeg, and rich potpourri. On the palate, warm winter baking spices, clove, orange rind, and deep, seductive red fruits. Long finish, integrated oak with vanilla and caramel undertones. Medium + tannins. A testament to the V8 caliber Pinot Noir coming out of this amazing region. And yes I was born and raised here!

Ruby color with gorgeous aromas of cherry, cola, strawberry, raspberry, nutmeg, and rich potpourri. On the palate, warm winter baking spices, clove, orange rind, and deep, seductive red fruits. Long finish, integrated oak with vanilla and caramel undertones. Medium + tannins. A testament to the V8 caliber Pinot Noir coming out of this amazing region. And yes I was born and raised here!

Mar 5th, 2016
Josh Spurling

Concentrated, silky, perfumed. A touch hot, but I don't mind.

Concentrated, silky, perfumed. A touch hot, but I don't mind.

Mar 20th, 2015
Aadil Mamujee

Bright, smooth and light. Excellent California Pinot

Bright, smooth and light. Excellent California Pinot

Mar 9th, 2016
Jill Muenzner

Thisnis one of my favorite 2012 Cali Pinots

Thisnis one of my favorite 2012 Cali Pinots

Mar 6th, 2016
Jonathan Wall

Dark. Crushed roses. Black cherries. Beautiful nose and a long finish. Perhaps a bit too fatty fruit driven... I loved it but I plan to pick up another Hansel's "three rows" tomorrow as it seemed to add a dimension over the north slope. Nonetheless, all good!

Dark. Crushed roses. Black cherries. Beautiful nose and a long finish. Perhaps a bit too fatty fruit driven... I loved it but I plan to pick up another Hansel's "three rows" tomorrow as it seemed to add a dimension over the north slope. Nonetheless, all good!

Feb 19th, 2016
Adrian Colarusso

Closed nose but gorgeous peppery palette with dark intense fruit. Heavy for a Pinot

Closed nose but gorgeous peppery palette with dark intense fruit. Heavy for a Pinot

Jan 30th, 2016
Berg

Hints of funk that I think will develop more, cherry, definite CA cola, pretty light, could use some more acidity though for backbone, seems a little soft and flabby

Hints of funk that I think will develop more, cherry, definite CA cola, pretty light, could use some more acidity though for backbone, seems a little soft and flabby

Dec 12th, 2015
Douglas Profenius

"Strawberries and some pepper. Sawdust or wood"-12 year old William. Pretty spot on.

"Strawberries and some pepper. Sawdust or wood"-12 year old William. Pretty spot on.

Dec 6th, 2015