2003 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir Estate (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

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California, Pinot Noir, Russian River, Sonoma, USA


My last bottle. Too bad. Smells of red fruit like cranberry and cherry juice. Some tobacco and leather on the nose with a good amount of funk. Super palate of cherry, berries, earthiness, peet moss, and leather. Finishes extremely well. What can I say…one of the best Pinot Noir producers in CA, and maybe the best for fans of Burgundy. Only caveat that the funk may be brett induced, so if you’re brett-averse, I’d be careful. I like this wine, just liek I liked the brett-a-licious 1990 Montrose.

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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