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.
95 Points Robert Parker: "The 2018 Pinot Noir The North Slope has a medium ruby-purple color with deep aromas of cranberries, blackberries and rhubarb accented by blood orange, pipe tobacco and forest floor. The palate is medium-bodied, both powerful and elegant, with concentrated, detailed flavors, a silky, fresh frame and long, lifted finish. 1,087 cases produced...
...Some of the best values in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir emerge from Stephen Hansel’s winery in the Russian River Valley. All of the Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are bottled unfiltered. This is a source for very fine Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs at some of the most realistic prices to be found in Northern California."
94 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "The 2018 Pinot Noir The North Slope Vineyard ample and creamy, with terrific depth and tons of Russian River generosity. Black cherry, plum, mocha, spice and licorice all open up in this beautifully resonant, expansive Pinot. Floral overtones and bright acids add vibrancy to play off the racy, soft Russian River curves. Best of all, the 2018 will drink well with minimal cellaring."