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2011 Walter Hansel Chardonnay North Slope Vineyard Russian River Valley (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Walter Hansel Vineyards walterhanselwinery.com   details
Appellation: Russian River Valley - California - United States (AVA)
Type: white
Varietal: Chardonnay
Maturity: Hold/Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$33.15
 
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Tasting Notes:
tasted: October 31, 2014 , from a member
92 points "Color: bright; Nose: fragrant; Aromas: citrus fruit; Acidity: crisp; Sweetness: dry; Body: medium-bodied; Finish: persistent; Overall: pleasant; Tart and crisp quince opens to a bit more sweetness of pear, but with a core of citrus. Persistent clean, tart finish." Best 2014-2018
rated: April 15, 2013 , The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
92 points "The 2011 Chardonnay North Slope is one of the most reticent wines in this lineup. There is quite a bit of density and richness in the fruit, but the wine still needs another 6-12 months to come together, which is not unusual for Hansel’s Chardonnays. Today, the North Slope is mostly about potential, and there certainly seems to be plenty of that here. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018." Best 2014-2018
rated: June 15, 2013 , Stephen Tanzer wineaccess.com/expert/tanzer
91 points " Light yellow-gold. Ripe pear, Meyer lemon and honey on the perfumed nose. Shows very good depth and breadth, with a spicy quality lifting the pliant orchard fruit flavors and a touch of vanilla adding complexity. Smooth and seamless on the finish, which leaves sexy floral, oak spice and poached pear notes behind. Very approachable chardonnay with the richness to handle full-flavored foods. " Best 2014-2016
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