With an impressive track record of some of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley, Walter Hansel produces profound wines with a sense of place, harmonious balance and precision focus.
In reference to a very long-line of superb releases, Robert Parker, Jr. (The Wine Advocate) writes, they’re
“… consistently terrific wines… realistically priced… consumers couldn’t have a better friend than proprietor Stephen Hansel.”
From Antonio Galloni (Vinous)
“Stephen Hansel is one of the most intelligent winery owners in Sonoma. More interested in getting people to drink his wines than in maximizing short-term profit, Hansel continues to offer some of the very best wines readers will find for the money.”
The two new releases are 100% Estate grown wines, which originate from famous clones, strategically planted to specific areas and micro climates of Walter Hansel’s Estate Vineyard.
It’s a well-kept secret that the “Estate” Pinot Noir is almost exclusively old Pommard Clone, which has mutated at Rochioli Vineyard, perceptible by the black plum/raspberry, violets and rose nuances. ($35.99) Buy Now
From Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
“The 2013 Pinot Noir Estate, made mostly from Rochioli clonal material and a small portion of the so-called Swan clone, is a beautiful Pinot Noir, very Burgundian, with notes of forest floor, loamy soil undertones, sweet black cherries and Asian plum sauce. It is dark ruby, lush, medium to full-bodied and ideal for drinking over the next decade.” 91 Points
The Meadows Block, which is located behind the North Slope is planted to the Hanzel Clone, and it’s been compared to a Corton-Charlemagne look-alike by top critic’s like Robert Parker. ($31.99) Buy Now
From Antonio Galloni’s Vinous
“… The 2013 Chardonnay The Meadows has a real sense of phenolic weight and density, yet the flavors remain bright, focused and beautifully nuanced throughout. Lemon peel, hazelnut, butter, spice and mint blossom as this beautifully textured, layered Chardonnay shows off its notable personality and pure class.” 93 points
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