Wine Rating: RP=93+
Wine Rating: RP=93-95
Wine Rating: RP=98-100
Wine Rating: RP=94
Wine Rating: RP=96
Wine Rating: RP=99
Wine Rating: RP=95
Wine Rating: RP=98
Wine Rating: RP=100
The Walter Hansel winery, now run by Stephen Hansel, has over 80 acres consisting of 6 pinot noir clones and 7 chardonnay clones, all of it family owned. Their processes are done in a way that each wine is allowed to express its unique character; never compromising the wineís freshness, finesse or texture. They hand harvest and manually sort- once in the vineyard and once in the winery. The Pinot Noir is destemmed and gravity guides the whole berries into open topped fermenters.
The South Slope Pinot Noir begins at the highest elevation and the furthest south of all of their vineyard blocks. It slopes from south to north about 45 feet and its soils are predominately sandy loam. The berry size is medium with a high berry count giving cluster weight that has yields approaching 2 ľ tons/acre. It is 100% French clone 777, and tends to show its earthy side far more than their other clones. Although this wine definitely has a French origin, each year it becomes more and more new world in character.
Here is what Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate had to say about the 2012 South Slope Pinot Noir:
91+ POINTS ROBERT PARKERíS WINE ADVOCATE: ďMade from Dijon clone 777, the dark ruby-hued 2012 Pinot Noir South Slope is fashioned from bigger berries, which has resulted in a wine with more of a red fruit character including lots of strawberries, cherries and pomegranates intermixed with damp earth and underbrush notes. Combining quality with reasonable prices and estate-grown grapes, you canít do much better than Stephen Hanselís Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs.Ē
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