Walter Hansel The South Slope Pinot Noir 2018 - The Grape Tray
Walter Hansel The South Slope Pinot Noir 2018
SKU: 1733

Walter Hansel The South Slope Pinot Noir 2018

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Category Red Wine
Region California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
Brand Walter Hansel
Alcohol/vol 14.5%

Tasting Notes:

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).

Wine Advocate
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Medium ruby-purple, the 2018 Pinot Noir South Slope has gorgeous aromas of blood orange, cracked pepper, cranberries and red and black cherries loaded with earthy, amaro-like nuances. The medium-bodied palate is silky, fresh and uplifted, its concentrated fruits refreshed by loads of spicy accents, and it finishes long and detailed. 1,083 cases produced.

Erin Brooks, September 24, 2020
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The 2018 Pinot Noir The South Slope Vineyard is a super-classic Russian River Pinot built on textural richness and volume. Ripe red cherry, blueberry, spice, mint and licorice infuse the 2018 with striking layers of nuance. A wine of substance and power, the 2018 is going to need a bit of time to unwind. It is maybe just a bit less refined than some of the other Pinots in the range, but it holds quite a bit of appeal, especially for readers who like big Pinots.

Antonio Galloni, April 2020