2005 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir Estate (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

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California, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, USA

Maybe it’s too early to judge this wine, but this has a nose that is eerily reminiscent of a hypothetical blend of burgundy and high octane style of CA Pinot. Think “Bouchard meets Kosta Browne.” Seems well balanced with a good dose of acidity, tannins, and cherry fruit. The finish is really surprisingly long and gives me the idea that it’ll be another 3-5 years before this will drink at its peak. Very solid effort, and I much prefer the 2005 to the 2004s I had around the same time of their evolution. One thing I note with great interest that Stephen’s wines seem “cleaner” as of the 2004 vintage than prior vintages. I don’t get funk nearly as much as I used to and I sort of miss it a little.

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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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