Walter Hansel The North Slope Pinot Noir 2013


SKU 27504


Hand harvested and manually sorted-once in the vineyard and once at the sorting table in the winery. The Pinot Noir is destemmed and the whole berries are gravity fed into open top fermenters. Native yeast fermentations. Aged all in French oak with approximately 50% new. North Slope is planted exclusively to Dijon clone 115. After the North Slope site is Cuvee Alyce which is in heavier clay soils.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Sonoma County
Appellation Russian River Valley
Brand Walter Hansel
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Wine AdvocateAbsolutely magnificent is the 2013 Pinot Noir The North Slope. This wine is deep, rich, with forest floor, blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, licorice and Asian spices. It is full-bodied, somewhat primordial and dense, but muscular, rich, concentrated, and has the biggest upside and potential for complexity of all of the 2013s. Give it another several years of bottle age and drink it over the following decade.

Robert Parker, October 2015