Walter Hansel South Slope Pinot Noir 2016
Today’s 2016 is noteworthy for its subtle oak component, allowing fruit and earth to take center stage: In the glass, it’s a medium ruby with hints of magenta at the rim, leading with ripe wild berry fruits: blackberries, raspberries, and just about every other berry you might pluck off a prickly bush. High-toned aromas of violets and roses are balanced with savory bass notes of warm spice and forest floor, and while the wine doesn’t lack for concentration, it has a lithe and energetic quality to it that bodes well for aging (5-10 years at least).
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley|
VinousThe 2016 Pinot Noir The South Slope Vineyard is broad, ample and creamy, within the mid-weight style of the year. As is the case with all of these Pinots, the South Slope boasts terrific fruit presence and density. One of the most immediate and giving of these wines today.
Wine AdvocatePale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2016 Pinot Noir South Slope displays a very fruity nose of crushed blackberries and raspberries with delicate hints of smoked meats, tar and dusty soil with a waft of red roses. Medium-bodied, tightly wound and with a very lively line of acid, it has a firm, grainy texture and long mineral-laced finish. 1,064 cases produced. Drink Date: 2018-2025.