Walter Hansel Winery The South Slope Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

$39

Another beautiful small-production Pinot Noir from Walter Hansel who continues to make a small amount of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay down the road from Kistler, at unbelievably sane prices.  Stock up while available.93 Points Stephen Tanzer: "vivid ruby. Sexy red berry and rose pastille aromas show very good clarity and a good dose of Asian spices. Silky, sweet and expansive on the palate, offering energetic raspberry and cherry flavors and an exotic touch of blood orange that adds a bitter edge. Pure and precise, with excellent finishing lift, cut and gentle tannins that fold into the lively red fruit. The most elegant of this set of Pinots today, and one that should age well on its balance."

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Ratings on Delectable

Berg

Hansel...it's so hot right now. Hansel. A bit riper than the Rhys, but also quite good. Definitely CA cola here too, and more like sweet black cherry than tart Bing for the Rhys. Slight hints of barnyard, spice, tannins not as smooth as the Rhys. #letsgocaps #rockthered

Hansel...it's so hot right now. Hansel. A bit riper than the Rhys, but also quite good. Definitely CA cola here too, and more like sweet black cherry than tart Bing for the Rhys. Slight hints of barnyard, spice, tannins not as smooth as the Rhys. #letsgocaps #rockthered

9.1

Robert Schneider

Delicious. Rich red and black cherry fruit, sweet oak, nice spice. Ripe but not over. A pleasure to drink.

Delicious. Rich red and black cherry fruit, sweet oak, nice spice. Ripe but not over. A pleasure to drink.

9.0

Darin See

When everyone says something is amazing, I'm incredulous. No, it's more like I'm defiant and arrogant, a lot like most teenagers you know; "X must overwhelm with mass appeal where X otherwise lacks character and distiction." Well, this bottle is much loved by friends and strangers, and rightly so. Stinging black pepper backed by rich (but not overwhelmingly so) berries. I wish I had a case of the stuff and an equal number of occasions to share it.

When everyone says something is amazing, I'm incredulous. No, it's more like I'm defiant and arrogant, a lot like most teenagers you know; "X must overwhelm with mass appeal where X otherwise lacks character and distiction." Well, this bottle is much loved by friends and strangers, and rightly so. Stinging black pepper backed by rich (but not overwhelmingly so) berries. I wish I had a case of the stuff and an equal number of occasions to share it.

9.2

Justin Berfield

Delicious, bit peppery, with bright red berry flavor

Delicious, bit peppery, with bright red berry flavor

9.3

Jessica McBeath

Yummy

Yummy

9.3

Trae Apodaca

More Birthday Wines!

More Birthday Wines!

9.3

Tyffani Sedgwick

Smokey, cherry, nicely balanced. A beautiful Pinot!

Smokey, cherry, nicely balanced. A beautiful Pinot!

9.1

Gus Arnold

Not overly fruity, with a nice finish. More depth than most cal pinots.

Not overly fruity, with a nice finish. More depth than most cal pinots.

8.8

Nick Blannin

Dinner with old friends

Dinner with old friends

9.7

Simon Haidamous

I've had a hard time with Pinots lately. This was great. Thin, but not watery.

I've had a hard time with Pinots lately. This was great. Thin, but not watery.

8.7

WARNING: DRINKING DISTILLED SPIRITS, BEER, COOLERS, WINE AND OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY INCREASE CANCER RISK, AND, DURING PREGNANCY, CAN CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS.