Walter Hansel Winery Cahill Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

$39

93 Points                                             Another beautiful small-production Pinot Noir from Walter Hansel who continues to make a small amount of Pinot Noir down the road from Kistler, at unbelievably sane prices.  Stock up while it's available. 93 Points Robert Parker:  "A blend of three clones – Dijon clones 114 and 115, as well as Rochioli material – the 2013 Pinot Noir Cahill Lane has a dark ruby color and a fragrant style with floral and earth tones intermixed with strawberries and black cherries. The sweetness of the tannin as well as the heady glycerin and lushness make for a hedonistic and intellectually satisfying Pinot Noir to drink over the next 7-10 years... ...Some of the best values in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir emerge from Stephen Hansel’s winery in the Russian River Valley. He also has the wonderful Walter Hansel Wine & Bistro on Guerneville Road in Santa Rosa."

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Ratings on Delectable

Henrik Poulsen Delectable Pro

A bit potent (as in ripe) on the nose but just utterly pleasing and balanced on the palate. Note to self - stop buying Cabs and start to stock up on age worthy CA Pinots!

A bit potent (as in ripe) on the nose but just utterly pleasing and balanced on the palate. Note to self - stop buying Cabs and start to stock up on age worthy CA Pinots!

9.3

Sean Nelson Delectable Pro

Takes a while to open up but when it does! Ripe cherries and mulch. Long finish. Still young.

Takes a while to open up but when it does! Ripe cherries and mulch. Long finish. Still young.

9.4

Deborah Malveaux

Deep red color. Coca Cola slurpee on the initial nose. Decanted for about 30 minutes. "Heavy" Pinot. It is Pinot like, but not. Dark red berries. Tart finish.

Deep red color. Coca Cola slurpee on the initial nose. Decanted for about 30 minutes. "Heavy" Pinot. It is Pinot like, but not. Dark red berries. Tart finish.

8.5

Jonathan Wall

Great stuff. Though this was a bit more fruit forward than the '12 which seemed to have more depth and a longer finish. Of course this '13 needs a little time so I'll be sure to check back in a few years.

Great stuff. Though this was a bit more fruit forward than the '12 which seemed to have more depth and a longer finish. Of course this '13 needs a little time so I'll be sure to check back in a few years.

9.1

Tom Breur

Smooth, well balanced, but a tad too light for my liking

Smooth, well balanced, but a tad too light for my liking

8.8

Tejas Amin

Long finish, smooth, slight earth

Long finish, smooth, slight earth

9.3

Tyler Christensen

Young. Ripe cherries, raspberry, some herbs. Nice stuff.

Young. Ripe cherries, raspberry, some herbs. Nice stuff.

9.0

Steve Wilcox

92 pts Excellent Russian rvr Pinot at great price

92 pts Excellent Russian rvr Pinot at great price

9.2

LM Segal

Plummy, big and lush. Full-bodied, nose of plum, cherry and some black tea. Sublime with some grilled octopus, just enough acidity to make it all sing. Needs another year+.

Plummy, big and lush. Full-bodied, nose of plum, cherry and some black tea. Sublime with some grilled octopus, just enough acidity to make it all sing. Needs another year+.

9.2

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