Walter Hansel South Slope Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017 Red Wine

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Walter Hansel South Slope Pinot Noir 2017

Russian River Valley, CA

93 pts. Vinous:

"The 2017 Pinot Noir The South Slope Vineyard offers terrific richness as well as structure.  Freshly cut flowers, hard candy, mint and fresh berry flavors meld in a Pinot laced with striking energy, inner sweetness and complexity.  Silky tannins add character as this creamy, open-knit Pinot shows off its alluring personality."

92 pts. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2017 Pinot Noir South Slope (all dijon clone 777) has a savory nose of toast, dried leaves, pipe tobacco, dried rose petals, amaro and tangerine peel with a core of blackberries and cranberries.  The palate is medium-bodied and silky with fine, grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing long."

FROM THE WINERY:

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir

Vineyard: South Slope Pinot Noir is from 100% Dijon clone 777 located at the southern tip and highest elevation of our vineyards.

Vinification: 100% destemmed into open top fermenters.  5 day cold soak w/3 times daily punchdowns.  Fermentation lasts an additional 10-12 days w/2 times daily punchdowns.  Once dry, pressed into 65% new Francois Frere barrels and 35% one year old barrels.  Malolactic fermentation complete in barrel.

Production: 1081 cases
Bottled: 12/13/18
Residual Sugar: 1 gr/ltr
Total acid: .57

Alcohol: 14%

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