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At Walter Hansel Winery, the emphasis is on low yields (which range from 1.5 to 2.7 tons/acre), precise viticulture and non-interventionist winemaking. Stephen Hansel (Walter's son) exercises strict control in the vineyards, producing beautiful - vineyard designated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. All of Hansel's fruit is hand-harvested. Stephen makes an average of 9 passes through each vineyard including one pass just to pull the second crop. Each pass is time consuming and expensive but Stephen...
- 94 Points -
Medium to deep ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir South Slope opens with notions of black cherries, wild blueberries and raspberry preserves with suggestions of forest floor, mossy bark and fungi with a waft of rose hips. Medium to full-bodied, it sports incredibly intense black and blue berry flavors with earthy accents and a fine-grained frame, finishing long and refreshing.See detailed press review